touchedbyahorse1At the close of an Equine Assisted Learning training last month, we were instructed to choose from a large selection of cards, refered to as Wisdom Cards, that were spread around on a table with pictures of horses. They reminded me of Elvis rugs that people sell at state fairs. The other participants were really studying these pictures. We were told to chose one, read what is on the back, think about it, and then read it aloud to the group and share what you get from the card. The trainers related stories about how meaningful this activity was. How much these cards could tell you about yourself. This sounded a little kooky to me, but I figured I would play along.

I chose one, sat down, and realized that there were several paragraphs on the back of the card. I peeked at other people’s cards. Their cards had titles like “Celebration” or “Confidence”.

At the top of my card was the word in all caps – SORROW.

“Oh, great.” I thought, “Can I get another one?”

I began reading it and didn’t know how to respond. My heart was pounding in my chest. What do I do with this? Here is the beginning of the paragraph, as best I can remember.

Warning signs are all around you. Take note of the signs of danger. If you ignore the……blah blah blah blah….

Here we go. I had prayed specifically that morning that I would bring honor and glory to God that day. I would probably never see these people again and wanted them to know something of the God I serve, but I didn’t know how to show my faith in any significant way to this group of people.

God gave me a way to express my faith in a blatant fashion. I waited for everyone else to have their turn because I didn’t want to ruin it for everyone else. Perhaps they would get something positive from their card…

My turn came and I read the first few words that I have recited here and then shared my faith. I told them that my life is hidden with Christ and nothing can snatch me from my Father’s hands. I shared with them that in Christ, I live and breathe and have my being. I am nothing without him and I reject the message of this card.

It was a powerful moment for me. Christ is supreme. He is my all.