My children compete in speed gaming events on their horses. One of their favorite games is called pole pole bending. In this event, six poles are set up 21 feet apart in a straight line. The object is to run your horse in a serpentine pattern, weaving your way through the poles down the line and back as fast as you can without knocking any over.
One year, my aunt decided to give this game a whirl on a borrowed horse. She is a seasoned horsewoman but had never ridden in gaming events. The horse was a former champion but had taken years off due to an injury. We were all pretty curious as to how it would go.
At the start, the horse clearly remembered his job and bolted towards the poles. My aunt desperately tried guiding the horse but they were going way too fast so instead she decided to just focus on staying in the saddle. We all watched slack-jawed as the pair crashed into pole after pole while my aunt screamed with a healthy mix of terror and joy.
After the run, we all laughed as she described that how it felt to fly through the course with pole after pole smacking her in the face as if it would never end, “They just kept coming! Bam! Bam! Bam!”
Lately my life feels like a frenzied pole run on a runaway horse. Just when I round one pole, another smacks me in the face. Bam! Bam! Bam! Except instead of a straight line, the poles seem to be everywhere I turn. There are fires to be put out, matters to attend to, deadlines and needs to be met. There is urgency and weight to decisions on the table and all the while the daily activities of life require my attention.
I am completely overwhelmed when I consider all that is before me. And I am guessing many of us know the feeling. Because everyone experiences seasons when life smacks them in the face at every turn.
In times like this, I am thankful that God doesn’t expect us to have all the answers all at once. We can rest in the knowledge that He will direct our path. In prayer, through His Word and with time, He will show us each next step. We just have to be faithful to walk.
The only peace in any storm is found when you fully trust that His ways are higher than our ways and His plans are perfect. And I would much rather trust in His wisdom than my own.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8