Zeleck has been around the horse barn at Camp Nathanael for 1 1/2 years now and he has steadily improved. There was a time when he would prance and dance and very few campers would or could ride him. Many were scared of him. Now he actually walks calmly in a straight line and of late, many riders have swung up onto his back.
The change in Zeleck took many hours, days, and months of riding and handling. I cannot assume that he will maintain this attitude if not worked with consistently. As a riding instructor and horse trainer, I have to keep working and assessing the horses and riding situations around me. If problems are seen, they have to be confronted and worked with...for safety's sake.
I'm finding the same things about handling horses are true, in a way, with people. When there are situations that I can not control or fix, I get agitated and frustrated. I would like to have a different scenerio. I would like things to be different.
But alas there are time factors in human relationships just like with the horses. Patience. Wait. Keep working. Keep being faithful and consistent. Things uaually don't happen overnight. I need to learn when to push issues. I need to learn when to back-off.
I also need to pray about the things that come into my life. These things are uncharted territories for me, but for my Heavenly Father, they are known. All the situations are known to HIM. I pray for wisdom to get through them. I need to trust God for the changs. In God's time things change.
James 5:19-20 "Brethren, If anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins."