We just returned from visiting some dear friends of ours who live in Arkansas and whom our older two sons, Ezekiel and Joshua had the opportunity to visit two springs ago. While they were there, Joshua had an unfortunate experience with one of their horse’s named Star, who he had to dismount into the arms of our waiting friend. Needless to say, when we arrived this time, there was speculation on everyone’s part as to whether or not Joshua would even ride a horse. Unfortunately, his brothers had been mercilessly teasing him regarding this incident, creating an unnecessary fear in him and he did not want to go riding. They were insisting that he was going to have to ride Star again, something that the adults had already agreed would not happen, even though what had happened previously was not Star’s fault. It took everything in me to convince Josh that he didn’t have to ride Star even though his brothers said he did. Why? Simply put – I’m the parent and I say so! I love him and would never put him in a position that would jeopardize his security emotional or otherwise.
That got me to thinking about sin. How often do we go through life fearing the consequences of a sin we’ve committed or something that has happened to us through no fault of our own. People, good, Christian people tell us we have to live with the consequences, but can I tell you that you have a loving, heavenly Father who not only has forgiven every sin, but that has the ability to set you free from the consequences of sin as well? Now don’t misunderstand, there are consequences that can’t be escaped, but I’m talking about the emotional toll that enables you to rise above where you’ve been in, so that you can live a life of freedom and victory. The freedom that enables you to get on another horse, just like Joshua did and enjoy the scenery of life.
Interesting thing, after riding Straight-Edge for a while, Joshua ended up leading Star around the property. He didn’t get back on her, but he was learning not to be afraid of her. Sometimes it’s not just about listening to well-meaning brothers and sisters in Christ. Sometimes we just need to listen to our wonderful Heavenly Father who says simply that it never has to be a part of our lives again, simply because He’s said so! He loves you! Who are you listening to? Walk in freedom today, it’s yours for the asking!