Ridin’ where others can’t go

by Kevin on March 2, 2010

For family night out here at the ranch, we watched “The Man From Snowy River”.  It’s always been one of my favorites. I watched it last night with a new way of looking at things because my son always asks why something is happening at every single moment. One particular moment was when he asked me why the two brothers don’t like each other.

To refresh your memory or in case you haven’t seen it (which just might be a sin, but I can’t locate the scripture reference). Twin brothers were vying for the affections of the same young woman. She cannot decide whom she loves more so she says that the first one to make their fortune will be granted her hand. One brother buys a racehorse and one gets a cowboy partner and buys a mine. The brother that bets it all on the racehorse actually wins a big race at 50:1 odds and so he wins a fortune. The other brother probably doesn’t have 10 feet dug out of his mine when his brother wins the “prize”.

The brother who lost is known as Spur. Spur takes a young colt as a parting gift to the woman he loves. In a fit of jealousy, Harrison (the other twin brother) shoots Spur in the leg. This upsets the young lady and she goes to Spur to make sure he is alright. She finally goes home and nine months later gives birth to a daughter. Near the end of the movie, the two brothers finally confront one another. Harrison asks his brother Spur whose daughter Jessica is. Spur replies, “If you knew Matilda, you wouldn’t have to ask that question. Jessica is your daughter, not mine.”

Harrison seemed to have everything. He had a big ranch, the best cowboys, nice homes, money to burn, and a daughter that he loved. Spur didn’t have anything that even came close to that. Spur had an old hole in the ground, a run down house, a wooden leg, and nothing but pain to show for all his hard work in his mine.

One might think that Harrison would have been happier. He had won Matilda’s hand in marriage and even had a daughter. Spur didn’t have anything but a hard life, but he was the happier one. Greed, jealousy, envy, and arrogance had kept Harrison from being happy. In the end, old Spur’s mine caves in what would seem to add insult to injury. Only then does he find the vein of gold he has been looking for.

Many people today are just like Harrison. They think that money and big ranches and nice homes will make them happy, but they don’t. Spur on the other hand is like a Christian’s life. That life is not filled with worldly possessions, but it is filled with happiness.

Spur got up every morning to do a job that was back breaking. You never saw Spur eating with car accident attorneys,  talking about a horse that cost a fortune. But what you did see was Spur opening up his home to many people and sharing what little he had.

Even if it was wallaby stew.

Mark 7:20-22
20 – He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ 21  – For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 – greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 – All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’ ”

Remember at the end of the movie when all the cowboys are chasing the wild herd of horses.

All of the cowboys stop when the horses go down a steep mountain except one. Jim Craig (the man from snowy river) is riding a good mountain horse and has faith in the horse to take him places others cannot go. He makes it to the bottom of the steep cliff in what would be one of the greatest scenes ever in a western movie. He gets the credit, but the horse did all the work. The horse had been raised in those mountains and knew how to keep his feet when things got tough.

That horse is like Jesus.

When we saddle up and ride with him, he will take us places that others cannot go. He will also see that we make it through safely. All we have to do is trust in him and let him do all the work. Instead of trying to have big ranches and fancy houses, follow your heart and keep it pure. In the end, we all will find that gold in heaven we have been working so hard for. Saddle up that “mountain horse” and keep your heart pure.

This is the only way to find that “narrow trail”.

Saddlin’ up my mountain horse and ridin’ where others cannot go,

Kevin Weatherby, Pastor

Pecos County Cowboy Church
POB 1384
Fort Stockton, Texas 79735
432-336-5300

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  • Kevin,

    My friend just posted a link to your most recent blog post on Facebook. What a great site I had to go back to the beginning. I love this devotional on “The Man From Snowy River” & I look forward to trying to catch up on some of your posts. My passion is working through horses to bring the hope of Christ to families & supporting the ministries that do. I always love connecting with others who love the Lord & horses too.

    • Kevin

      Thanks Rachel. It’s always awesome to have cowgirls that love horses, ranching, and the cowboy culture stop by. I will be prayin’ for your ministry and let me know if you ever need anything. God Bless You.

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