Up Close and Personal
I've ridden many horses since my first ride with my
father. I was only a few weeks old at that time. I've kept records
of horses I have trained and/or shown for many years. None of those
horses were the same. Each had individual characteristics that made them
unique. The only way you can truly get to know a horse is to have him
live in your care. Then you can learn his barn habits, how he eats, what
he is like in his stall, what his temperament is, how he gets along with other
horses, what he is like to shoe, to clip, to saddle, etc.
When you ride him, you find out how he moves, what his
mouth is like and how his sides feel. You can tell if he is spooky and
afraid of things or if he is calm and quiet. You learn many things that
you could never know by just looking at that horse or hearing about him.
Trey and Makenna King have come to live with us for a few
weeks. Trey is 3 and Makenna is 1. I've been around them many
times. I knew some things about them, but now, I am getting to know them
up close and personal.
Trey loves bacon - Makenna won't eat it. Trey likes
to get up about 9:30 or after - Makenna wakes up before 7:30. trey wants
his face and hands clean - Makenna could care less. Makenna wants every
door and every cupboard closed - Trey likes them to be open.
Trey likes to be dressed up - Makenna likes to rip her
diaper off and throw it in the garbage can. Makenna says "thank
you" when she wants something - Trey says "please". They
both like to play together, drink juice and take long bubble baths. I am
coming to know more about them daily.
The point of this devotion is this: You cannot know a
living being - up close and personal unless you experience them on a steady
basis. When you are around them continually, you experience their
personality. You become aware of their habits, their fears, their likes
and dislikes, their attitude and characteristics that make them unique and
It takes time and effort to develop what is known as a
relationship. Your relationship deepens as you spend more time together.
I meet people who know their horse better than they know
Jesus Christ. Some do not understand how to have an up close and
personal relationship with Him. Some do not see Him as a living being.
He is! You can come to know Him just as you come to know a person or a
horse. I repeat: It takes time- your time. It takes effort -
Jesus Christ stands ready to have a relationship with you.
He says: "Look! I have been standing at the door and I am
constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door,
I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me." Revelation
3:20 TLB He not only wants to save you, but He wants to have a
life changing, ongoing relationship with you.
You open the door - He comes in Rev.
You ask - He gives Matthew 7:7
You seek - He helps you find Matthew 7:7
You read His word - He gives you understanding
You call - He answers Jeremiah 33:3
We can be like Moses. He knew the ways of God.
Or, we can be like the Israelites who only knew about the acts of God.
Psalm 103:7 KJV We can know His ways. We can know Him simply
by asking. Psalm 25:8 says: "The Lord is good and glad to
teach the proper path to all who go astray; he will teach the ways that are
right and best to those who humbly turn to him. And when we obey him,
every path he guides us on is fragrant with his lovingkindness and his
Start this week to deepen your relationship with God
through Jesus Christ. Don't wait until there is a crisis and then try to
get to know Him in a hurry. The day we live in is producing many people
who hurt. The deeper you become in your relationship with Christ, the
broader your ministry will become to the people around you. It is a
win-win thing. No way to lose. Spend some extra time getting to
know the one who saves and wants you to KNOW Him now and forever and ever and