LESSONS LEARNED

Passing through the Rivers

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when You pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”
– Isaiah 43:2 

Whenever I am asked about my involvement with Stormwalker Ranch, I never fail to share that it is the most rewarding thing I have ever been a part of.  You see, I am a volunteer that participates with the Gates of Grace program, where we minister to the lovely ladies going through a most difficult time in their lives.  They are battling addictions of various kinds.  If you have ever struggled with an addiction, you will understand just how trying this time is for them.  I quit smoking over thirty years ago, and I still find times that it is unbearable.

The staff and volunteers at Stormwalker share their faith and love with the ladies as they are taken through various activities connecting them with the most wonderful healing animal on this earth, the horse. 

One activity that is common for the girls to tackle is to get a horse to cross over a large blue tarp.  The tarp represents water or a challenge in their life.  It is not a favorite activity for most horses to attempt to cross a strange, crinkly plastic square.  Many horses balk at crossing an actual stream.  It is not easy for the ladies to cross through troubled waters either. As they venture across this tarp, they feel the success of taking a 1000+ pound horse across what represents the hardships trying to drown them. 

Throughout our lifetime, we all will face times where the water has a strong undercurrent just waiting to take us under.  Some will seem downright impossible to withstand. God reassures our fearful hearts by giving us His promises.  Did you know that God cannot lie? His word is absolute truth. In Isaiah 43:2, we are promised that God is with us as we go through the turbulent rivers. God says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”  

He will not put a problem in front of us that we cannot handle with His help and strength. Just as the horse has to learn to trust us, we must trust our Heavenly Father to know what is best for us. And sometimes that means getting our feet wet.