Trottin’ and Flyin’

by Kevin on March 18, 2010

Years ago, I was teaching my daughter how to ride a horse. She got pretty good at walking the horse around and not doing much else. I told her that she needed to learn how to trot, but she didn’t want to do anything except walk.

I tried to be patient. I understood that to a little girl (on a big horse) trotting for the first time might seem a little scary. I told her that she would never be able to do anything else on a horse if she didn’t learn how to trot. I would then tell her to kick her horse and make him go faster. With all the beauty and grace of a young lady, she told me “No thank you.”

I wasn’t offering her a candy bar. I was trying to broaden her riding experience. I had nightmare visions of my family gathering cattle and my daughter not being able to help out because she couldn’t even trot her horse. This wouldn’t look bad on her part, it would be a testament to the failure of her father. I calmly walked out into the arena to where she was walking her horse. I told her that it was fine if she didn’t want to trot. Maybe she could think about it and try it again some other day.

When I got up to her horse, I slapped it on the butt and sent it flying off into a fast trot. She screamed and held on, but she didn’t pull back on the reins. Within about 25 yards, she was laughing. That poor horse didn’t slow down for the next hour. She trotted in big circles and small circles. She trotted fast and then slow. She trotted behind the steers and thought it was funny how they scattered like quail.

I sat there on the fence and watched her have fun. She talked the whole time. She told the horse not to be so bouncy. She commanded the rocks to move out of her way. She “hee-yawed” the steers into an explosion of cow hide carcasses. She even chastised herself for being afraid of doing something as fun as trotting. Finally, she came and talked to me. There is nothing better than to be sitting on the top rail of the arena and having an eye to eye conversation with your little bitty daughter while she sits her horse.

My little girl was breathing hard from her exertion and constant talking. Her horse matched her tiny breaths as he dripped lather in the dirt. She smiled at me when she said, “Thanks Dad for making me trot. I wouldn’t have done that on my own. I was too scared. I thought that I would fall off and get hurt real bad. I didn’t want to get hurt and not want to ride anymore. So, thanks for helping me…..and if you ever do something like that again, I will spur you in the face.

I laughed and told her I would keep that in mind. I then told her that an eagle that refused to leave the comfort of his nest will never soar above the mountains and see all the wonderful things that God created just for eagles to see.

Many people will refuse to give their lives to God. They will not have eternal life in heaven because they are afraid to leave their little nest of sin. I wish sometimes that I could go up behind them and hit them with a quirt and spur them into the wonderful life that God has promised them. I wish they could experience true happiness. I wish they could fly on wings of peace. I want them to feel the love of God rush over them as they fly.

Instead, they wallow in pity, rejection, stress, and greed. They are dying of thirst and don’t even know that the Living Water is available to them any place, any time. You see, it’s a choice. You can walk off and die or you can trot off and fly. By not choosing life, you choose death. You will make a choice one way or another. Moses talked about this choice right before he died.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
15 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. 16 For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. 17 “But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, 18 then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. 19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.

I’ll fly away,

Kevin Weatherby, Pastor

Pecos County Cowboy Church
POB 1384
Fort Stockton, Texas 79735

© Kevin Weatherby, 2010

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  • David

    I had rather be a trotter. Thanks for these devotionals. Let’s hear from others who also read them and eagerly look forward to the next one.

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