ON THE LORD
was a champion horse that
raced during the 1930’s. While watching
the 2003 movie about this horses’ career I was impressed with a spiritual
application I would like to share with you.
The film begins with four separate stories, which come together to make
up the body of the movie.
Charles S. Howard was an automobile
entrepreneur whose only dream was to sell cars and get rich. He went through
difficult trials when his
only son died and his wife left him.
When he remarried, his new wife was interested in horses’ so he decided
to become a race-horse owner.
Smith was a man who lived as a hobo
during the depression. Nevertheless, He
loved to train horses. He did so in his
way rather than the conventional method of the day. He knew how to heal their
wounds with natural
herbs rather than put them down as some would.
Smith once said, “You don’t throw a whole life away just cause he’s
banged up a little.” Howard noticed Tom
Smith’s tender care for his lame horse and decided to hire him as his
Red Pollard was a young man who loved
horses. He was a gifted rider who was a
natural and dreamed of being a champion jockey.
He too went through great difficulty.
As a teenager he was separated from his parents during the depression. Starting
his career as a beginning jockey
Pollard worked for an owner who mistreated him and overcharged him for living
expenses. He tried to add to his income
by boxing. However Pollard was always
getting beat pretty badly, but he would never give up. One day Tom Smith noticed
his courage and resolve
and decided to make him his jockey.
was a small horse that was
mistreated and underwent poor training.
He was actually taught to let another horse win. This was done to encourage
the other horse
because the owner thought that that horse had a better chance to win. Tom Smith
saw Seabiscuit at a racetrack one
day and concluded he had the competitive spirit in him that would make him a
winner if he was trained right. Smith
convinced Howard to purchase the horse, which as a loser, was being sold at a
I noticed that these three men, and
horse, had to develop the right character before they could come together as a
winning team. That got me to thinking
about how God develops his children’s character in order to fulfill the plan He
has for them. If we learn to understand
this process, we will be more patient in responding to His guidance in our
lives. When we learn to accept an answer
to our prayer that may not be what we want and continue to trust in Him, our
faith grows and God will move us on to the next lesson. We must be willing to
say and mean what Job said,
“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him...”
When God gives us a dream
and we know
He has called us to that dream we must always wait on Him. There is always
a process that the Lord takes
us through before the dream is realized.
We must not move ahead of Him to see its manifestation.
Joseph is a good example of what I mean. He
dreamed he would be a great leader and his
Father and siblings would one day bow down to him. However, Joseph had to go
years of preparation by God before the dream was fulfilled. When he was a slave
to Potiphar and when he
was in jail—and it seemed the dream would never be fulfilled, he
did not lose faith in God. After Joseph
gave a favorable interpretation of Pharaoh's chief butler’s dream (the butler
been put in jail) he asked him, “… remember me when it is well with you, and
please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of
this house. After a year and a half passed and Joseph
heard nothing, it seemed as though the dream would never be fulfilled. Nevertheless,
Joseph continued to serve God
faithfully where he was. And, in His
time, God promoted Joseph to prime
minister of all Egypt.
Can we continue to trust God during His
preparation time for us? If we can, we
will see the manifestation of His plans for our good
in ways we would never expect. Our faith
will grow and we will draw ever closer to our Lord and Savior. The Bible says:
Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage,
And He shall
strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD (Psalms 27:14)! …But those
who wait on the LORD, They shall
inherit the earth (Psalms 37:9). Wait on
the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land…(Psalms
37:34). And I will
wait on the LORD …And I
will hope in Him (Isaiah 8:17). But
those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount
up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and
not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
Shall we not wait
on the Lord—no matter how difficult the trial?
And that’s my Opinion
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