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Nov 04, 2009
“Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 1:21
As the Israelites had uncertainty about their future in a land they did not know, Moses encouraged them to have faith that God would take care of their needs. We all have fears in our life that we must face. Sometimes we try to run away from them or try to hide from them or ignore them. But sooner or later that bitter taste of fear comes rushing back. I think of all of the different experiences I would have missed if I had given in to the fear that tries to discourage me from being the person God wants me to be. Having faith in God and trusting in Him to see me through the scary parts in life as well as the joyous times, has allowed me to grow. Not only spiritually, but in all aspects of my life.
I can honestly say that I was afraid to drive across the country, up a horribly rugged mountain-side road, camp primitively up on a mountain with wild animals prowling around and that scary drive back down that rugged road.
So many things could have gone wrong in so many ways. Dwelling on those scary things is what keeps us from facing our fears and confidently moving past them. By asking God to help me face these fears head on, He becomes the One navigating the way and I get to enjoy the ride and the rewards at the end of the road.
Just as we all have fears, especially of the unknown, Image and Ember have some fears of their own. They are facing a new home that they do not know. New sights and sounds that they have never experienced before.
We have left the corral gate open to them and kept their water inside so they would get used to going in and coming out of the corral on their own. Ember has no trouble doing this at all. Image continues to need encouragement to go in and come out of the corral.
He is still facing some fears he has of corrals. I can only imagine what he must have gone through in the corrals at Britton Springs between the round up and the adoption. Acting as his mother might, we have been coaxing him in and out of the corral. A couple of days ago, we let our 28 year old Touchy in with the kids so they could all get to know each other better. Touchy had a rough start in life with abusive owners who never let her out of her stall in her first 4 years. Terry rescued her from that horrible situation and they have been best buds for the past 24 years. She has had some other trials in her life. If you notice in the photos, she is missing her left eye. Several years ago she had a fungus that was growing behind her eye and within 3 days she lost her site in that eye completely. The vet gave us the choice of either taking her eye out or putting her down. There really was no choice…….
We watched close by as Touchy started to check out the new kids. At first Image and Ember were a little afraid, but Touchy showed no signs of dominance or aggression, just curiosity. Ember, being the socialite that she is, made the first move to Touchy to make friends. They spoke in a language that was beautiful to watch. As soon as Touchy was satisfied with this new friend she had made, she turned her attention to Image.
She ambled over to him and sniffed him all around. Image, in his typical fashion, lifted his head, looked at her and promptly went back to eating! He was clearly not caring too much about making friends with anyone who was NOT giving him food! I had to chuckle while watching them. Image and Ember are completely different in how they each approach new situations. I am hopeful that once we start the ground work in the round pen, that Image and Ember will consider us good leaders worth following and that their fears will be put to rest.
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