This morning while doing chores I kept the back barn door open, just a crack. It allowed me to look out from time to time and enjoy the site of the horses, diligently working on a big bale of hay. That is, all but one of the horses. Our two-year old Gaited Appaloosa Saddlehorse filly, Purim Moon, stood outside the back barn door, vying for attention.
Moon is like that: always willing to forego ‘horsey’ type pastimes just for the chance to be in my company. Though I love all of our horses, her persistent friendliness, and obvious desire for greater intimacy with me, has won a special place in my heart.
I’m certain this will only grow more true over time–and not just because of the special bond that’s growing between us. Moon is also going to be a better than average riding horse, simply because she’s spending more time with me than with her pasture mates. She’s beginning to understand me in a way that other more ‘horsey horses’ never will, because they’re more involved with their herd mates than they are with me. As Moon spends time with me, she discovers how to pick up subtle cues that tell her how I expect her to respond, to me and to the world. She’s also developing a high level of trust–which goes both ways. A horse that trusts its master is willing, stable and trustworthy under saddle. These kinds of horses become useful horses when training other stock. They convey stability, trust and confidence to their herd mates.
It is the same way with those who choose to spend time with God. Time with Him enables us to better understand His ways. We learn that He is entirely trustworthy, and so become more willing to step out and do whatever He may ask. We become His willing servants and He, in turn, takes special delight in us. By observing our behavior, others learn to trust Him as well.
This kind of intimacy with God, while tremendously fruitful, goes contrary to our human nature. How often do we plan to take some time to be with Him. . .only to be lured away by other, seemingly more pressing, concerns?
Let us choose that ‘one needful thing,’ which is time spent with our Lord.
Luke 10:38 And as they went, it happened that He entered into a certain village. And a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she came to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.