I’ve always learned best with object lessons. Case in point, Psalm 32.
Verses 8–9 reads: “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not keep with you.”
Now this is a promise of God that I need and cling to. I am always thinking of ways to help remember it and to help others remember it, too. Once we shopping in Adams County at an Amish store that specialized in belts, shoes and probably other leather items. Walking along one wall looking at accessories I spotted a shiny steel item that I was not quite certain about. I asked the owner what it was. He told me it was a pony bit, for training and leading a young horse.
Of course, I went to replace it one the hook as we have no horses or ponies at our house. I did not replace it before trying it in my mouth. I bought two!
I actually like it best when I am lead with the Lord’s eye upon me; however, I’ve also been known to need a bit and bridle in order to follow the Lord closely.
If you need a reminder, I have two! One hung on my office wall for years! The other is in the drawer. Just be careful when you place it in your mouth that you don’t chip or crack a tooth! Trust the Holy Leader.
4 thoughts on “Object Lessons”
Your picture is hilarious, a word-picture indeed!
I was raised on a farm and grew up with horses. Convincing some horses to “take the bit”” was a significant challenge that needed to be mastered in order to be an independent rider. Some horses seemed extremely willing to have it place in their mouths, but others fought it as if their life depended upon foiling all attempts to insert it between their teeth. I may be a bit like the horse, who sometimes complies with God’s desire to allow Him to follow and direct me and at other times fights to keep Him out of my mouth and out of my business.
Keep trying, Lord! Don’t give up on us!
Well said. If only they were made of chocolate!