What an amazing time we had this weekend at the mini retreat for women. We absolutely heard God through the horses. They made His truth visible.
The overarching theme of the retreat came from Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that I am God.” Through the actions of the horses, God showed us exactly what He wanted to say.
Four horses roamed loose in the arena, one was visiting from another herd, yet all four laid down several times for several minutes during the day. At one time two of the horses were laying down across the arena from each other. After a few minutes, a dark bay mare, Beyla, got up, went over to her herdmate, Prize, and laid down next to her. This is not your typic
al horse behavior. To the group, it symbolized stillness, rest and togetherness. It was about being still and knowing “I AM.”
One of the women shared that Ps 46:10 in the KJV says “Stop striving and know that I am God.” It was apparent that the horses were not striving to be anyone or do anything that day. When we interacted with the horses, they allowed us to just “BE” by setting an example for us. It was a beautiful picture of our relationship with God, the kind of relationship he wants to have with us that puts BEing with Him far ahead of doing.
The Lord convicted one woman, an entrepreneur and horse owner that “you don’t allow me to be in charge enough.” She admitted to “pushing some buttons” on the horse to encourage him out of his comfort zone. When the horse turned his head quickly and bit at the air, she realized the horse was reflecting her own reaction to God whenever He tried to encourage her out of her comfort zone. She would bite!
God was faithful to make the truth visible through the actions of the horse in a non-judgmental, but convicting manner.
Beyla and Val mirrored a very special relationship—the one between a father and daughter. It was remarkable how closely the two horses resembled one another just like we are made in the image of our Heavenly Father. To see how close the daughter stayed to her Father throughout the day was a reminder to more than one of us that “I am my Father’s child.”
Since it was warm, a bucket of water was always available to the horses. None of them drank from it very much, but they sure did want to play in it. Several times the horses “fought” over who would get to play with the water. “Wouldn’t it be great if we all fought to get to the living water?” was the meaningful comment from one of the participants.
Rom 10:17 tell us that “Faith comes by hearing…” Being still, Peace, listening to God and trusting that “He has it covered” are just a few of the messages the women heard from God that day. There’s no doubt in my mind or theirs that their faith has been increased.
If you would like to increase your faith in God by hearing from Him we are offering another mini-retreat October 17 in Burleson, TX. One is in the morning, the other is in the afternoon. The details are in the link below. Space is limited to 14 participants and it’s filling fast. A waiting list has been established for both times. Register now!
Hearing God through His Creation: Mini-retreat