Some of you might be clicking through here after reading about my first horse in a recent email from TOS.
So, I thought I’d tell you more of the story about my first REAL horse.
Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted a horse. I guess that most kids do. We never lived where I could have had one as a child. I often asked if I could just take riding lessons, but I think my parents thought that it would just make me want a horse even more.
Once I got married, I often told my husband that I hoped one day that we would have a house out in the country where we could have horses. He also wanted the house out in the country, but not the horses. He had worked for a veterinarian through high school and typically saw horses at their worst and the huge vet bills. I understood all of his reasons, but I still wanted to own a horse someday.
After 14 years of marriage, we finally got our house out in the country. We actually got a farm with 44 acres and a horse barn! We have 3 sons and this land is great for raising boys. We have creeks to play in, woods to hunt in and lots of interesting things to explore. The boys had definitely gotten the desires of their heart with this move. It would be a perfect place for a horse, but…
We knew that we didn’t need to get in over our heads with this country living. Just learning how to take care of the property was a big enough adjustment for us. I understood about the extra costs and needs of a horse, but still wanted one. My desire had never gone away.
Sure enough, God brought some friends into our lives that owned 3 horses. Their girls LOVED horses, took great care of them and trained them very well. I loved talking to them about their horses and I think they could relate to how I had always wanted one since I was their age. I thought that they were so blessed and especially admired their parents support for their interests.
God was working. I think my husband noticed how my eyes lit up when I talked about horses. Even my mother realized that I had never quit wanting a horse. Someone else knew about the desire of my heart – God.
Those friends offered to give us one of their horses, a 20 year old gelding named Billy. I was SO shocked. I don’t guess that I’ve ever heard of someone giving a person a horse. But that’s the way God is. He knew my heart’s desire to have a horse. He provided the land with a horse barn and pasture. He provided friends with horse experience. He tendered my husband and family’s heart to the idea of having a horse and then He even provided the horse.
Every time I look into our pasture and see our horse, I am reminded of how God provides. I think of how He knew the desires of my heart since childhood and never forgot. He just waited until the right time – His timing- and brought such joy to this 33 year old woman’s heart. My earthly father has passed away and I miss having a Daddy. Thankfully God reminds me that He is my Heavenly Father and that He cares for me.
I know that some people don’t believe in God or just don’t take time for Him. I understand that life is tough and people get discouraged. I don’t understand a lot of the tough things in life – people whose children die, health problems, broken marriages, etc… But what I do know is that the God I love makes it easier to get through the tough times. He loves us before He even creates us. He knows the desires of our hearts and provides even when it doesn’t make sense. He affirms who He created me to be and reminds me of His love. God works in mysterious ways and I am so glad that He decided bless me with a 20 year old horse named Billy.
Originally ran June 24, 2005.