The Chase

Not far from I-80 in northwestern Nevada, I watched mustangs and learned more about how God’s Kingdom operates.

Cinnamon was alone.
So was his friend.

Horses in the wild live with other horses. Mostly we’ll see small family bands which consist of a stallion and one or more mares with foals. There are also bachelor bands consisting of young stallions who have yet to win a mare. Together these stallions learn through horseplay how to fight and defend themselves. It’s not common to see young stallions so close yet not together. As I looked closer, I noticed they were separated by fencing and a cattle guard in the road. They did not appear happy with their situation. I wondered if there was a way to bring them together.

Finally, I prayed that somehow they would be reunited.

There were other mustangs nearby, Golden Boy with his family band. Golden Boy came over with another young stallion and greeted Cinnamon. These horses knew each other. I have shots of Cinnamon and Golden Boy together, when Cinnamon was younger and a part of Golden Boy’s band. Golden Boy is the wiser band leader.

Golden Boy saw the fence that separated friends. Then he and the younger stallion began chasing Cinnamon.
The pursuit was on! But why?

Under pressure, Cinnamon jumped the fence!

Since I started photographing horses in the wild almost eleven years ago, this was the first time I saw a mustang jump a fence! And another mustang pressured him to do it! I was in awe of the event.

The two friends were together.
Not only was my prayer answered, but I realized that mustangs were highly intelligent. Their love for one another amazed me. I could see that without the chase, Cinnamon was not going to jump that fence. He needed motivation. He took a risk under pressure and jumped.

I concluded that God knows that just like horses may need a push to take a risk and jump a fence, so do we.

How often have you delayed stepping out in faith? You waited and worried. A risk was involved to step out in faith. Finally, you felt such pressure that you had no choice but to jump and trust God.

No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 GNT

Cinnamon jumped. He was rewarded when he was reunited with his friend. You may need to take a risk, to step out in faith and trust God.

We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 GNT

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