Just Yield

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The flick of the whip on his chest was the only thing that would make Ruger's feet move.

I'd stood there for over a half hour.......first shaking his lead rope, then twitching the whip back and forth, then slapping it on the ground, and finally letting it lightly snap him. Only then would his large brown body respond, and he'd step back a foot or two.

I was frustrated.

In all my years of training horses and learning natural horsemanship, I'd never encountered a horse that was as unresponsive as Ruger was. He'd stand there, oblivious it seemed, to the motion and sound of the whip and lead line. It took the firm caress of the whip to move him, even slightly.

"Yield already!"  was all I could think.

My last horse, Elsie, had perked her ears up and let her feet prance at even the slightest sway of the rope. She knew. She knew that yielding to it's touch meant that the two of us would be working have fun, to learn, and to play.

Elsie learned to yield. Because of it, she progressed faster than any of the previous horses I'd trained. We went farther, grew closer, and accomplished more. She learned everything from the basics--bowing, dancing, and nodding "yes" and "no"--to more advanced moves--lead changes, the traverse, and leg-yield.

It was beautiful to see.

Eventually, Ruger learned to yield. It took more time, effort, and patience than I'd expected. We'd spend hours together in the arena.....trying and failing......trying and failing. But eventually, he learned. And only then were we able to accomplish SO much more.

I can be stubborn sometimes....not wanting to yield, thinking I know best, or being reluctant to change. However, the Lord is patient with me.

He knows best, and He also knows where we can go, what we can become, and what we can accomplish as we submit our will to His. It's up to us to chose to yield. 

When we put our will into His hands, He's able to show us our true potential, and together we work as a team to accomplish so much more than we could have on our own. Yielding allows Him to show us new heights, new opportunities, and new horizons we didn't see before.

Trust in His wisdom, His gentle hand. Let Him lead, and see where He can take you.

"For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father." (Mosiah 3:19)

Learn to YIELD.


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