BY: Elaine Willis
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BIBLE TEXT: Jeremiah 12: 5 (The Message): ”So, Jeremiah, if you’re worn out in this foot race with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can’t keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: A friend of mine was praying for me after my mother suddenly passed away. She saw a vision of wild horses running, but that was it — no interpretation or anything. A couple weeks later, I was looking at books and saw one with wild horses running across the top titled Running with the Horses. I bought the book feeling that God had something to say through it. The book is about the prophet Jeremiah, and of course, Jeremiah 12:5 stood out to me. I was excited because the Lord was speaking something important to me about stepping up my game… or so I thought. I believed He was telling me not to get caught up in the things of the world because I can become weary. He wanted me to stay focused on the things of the Kingdom and the bigger picture of the Kingdom and on the whole idea that we are on a mission here and this is not our home. We have to keep our focus on higher things. I got it, Lord. I can do that. That is really great advice and thank You for that tip! Great message! However, that was not the message the Lord was giving me. Uh-oh. Well, it wasn’t the complete message. It was more of a message with a warning.
It has really been a tough few years for me and especially 2011. I believe the message/warning for me and the message He would have me share is that things are hard and will get harder, so we must learn to press into Him at all times. We have to acknowledge Him in all our ways so that we will be standing in the difficult times and those around us will know that our God reigns. They will know that our God is mighty to save us and sustain us especially in times of great difficulty. If we are not pressing in and living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit daily, we will not have the power, strength, and stamina to Run with the Horses.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to run the race well. Help me to have what it takes to run with the horses–wild and free–in times of calm and times of difficulty. I really need you to teach me what it takes to do this (with the least amount of consequences, please). I don’t want to become weary. I want to be moving in the fullness of Your Spirit at all times. Thank you, Lord.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elaine and Jon Willis have been married over 21 years. They have two boys: Justus and Jordan. The Willis family has lived in Mt. Juliet since 2003. Elaine has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling. She has counseled in many areas and settings, and her specialties are marriage, family, adolescents, and trauma. Jon and Elaine currently own and operate the Mathnasium math learning centers in Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville. She is a licensed counselor in Tennessee and is ordained by Powerhouse Ministries.