I used to train horses. I taught people to ride. One of the beginning elements that I would try to get people to understand, get myself to understand is the sensitivity of a horse. They look big and powerful. The old westerns always showed people kicking their heels (with spurs, no less) into the horse’s sides and galloping away.
Horses don’t need to be kicked.
I might get frustrated, see the horse doing everything wrong. My students would yell about how stubborn or stupid their horse was. But it wasn’t the horses fault, sometimes.
What are you looking at?
Our eyes often dictate the direction of our bodies. If I am looking at the ground, it changes the physical attitude of my body. If I look left, or right, my body feels different. If I am inwardly focused, it affects my muscles, my bones. If I am concentrating on a particular point, it tenses my body, makes it more rigid.
A horse senses all these things and will respond accordingly. Sometimes they will take advantage of you. Sometimes they will try to act on what they sense you are wanting them to do. And you can assist them in learning, in training, by adjusting your focus.
People are making resolutions, trying to fulfill them, maybe already failing on them. It’s what we do every January. I am doing it too. Trying to exercise again, be more diligent in prayer, in the Word. I can feel my feet, my heart beginning to falter, again.
So, I ask again. What are you looking at?
“Let us run with endurance the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12)