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Apr 05

Not By Sight

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Calle with Katie

.......today........I was not the teacher.......I was the student .......

Today, I taught a young man who is normally taught by one of my student teachers.....but she is on a mission trip......so it was up to me. This youngster does not have a perfect life........far, far from it.....dad in and out of jail...verbally abusive...and my young friend had spent this week with him......lovely joint custody laws.........he was angry, defiant, quick tempered with his horse and close to being disrespectful with me......we struggled our first lap around the arena.......I usually have sooo much patience with my kids....and I was about to throw in the towel! Instead, I threw out a quick and silent prayer...."Lord HELP"......."stop!" I told my young lad....."you be the leader.....you are going to be in charge. I am going to close my eyes and put one hand on Calle......and I am going to......"......and then he shouted "I will be your guide dog!!"......"Yes, my friend....you will be my guide horse..and I am going to trust you to take care of me.......and I am going to just feel where Calle is going and see if I can guess our locations in the arena. You have to take care of me....because I am trusting you to make good decisions.....and I will not open my eyes...no matter what!!".....for the next 20 minutes, he praised me when I did well....warned me of upcoming obstacles.....prepared me for his trotting tours...........gave me places to rest when I was out of breath......told me to try again when I had our locations wrong!!!!! I cannot explain how this game worked....but it was truly miraculous!! The change in this child was mind blowing............I will ponder this for days...........but in the midst of his lesson.....my Jesus was teaching me a profound lesson..................we follow our Lord best.............with our heart.............not our vision...............when we rely on our vision...........we work too hard to sort things out.......we get distracted by obstacles.........and temptations....................but when we follow Jesus with our whole heart........we walk when He walks.....we stop when He stops.........we rest when He rests...........and we know when and where and why...........because we are soooooo close to him that there is no mistaking where He is taking us!!!!!!!!!!!This lesson will stay with me the rest of my life.......and I will be eternally grateful to this young lad for this most exceptional afternoon.......

 

- Ginger

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