Wednesday, August 29, 2007

We Are The Horse Shoe

It is late. We turned in a little while ago. The bedroom is pitch black, and this allows my mind to wander. This seems to be the time that I am able to be tuned in to the Lord like no other time of the day.

We are waiting for Bro. Rusty, Sis. Mary, and their three little darlings to come in. They aren't due in until around 2am. We have left the light on, the front door unlocked, and the guest room ready for them. One of the joys of a comfortable relationship. As I began to say my prayers I remembered a vision Den had several years ago when we were very young. The vision was long, detailed, and laid out our future with the Lord in many ways. We have thought of this vision many times through our life, and have pondered the meaning of it often.

One detail of the vision that the Lord put on my heart tonight was the part of Den watching a blacksmith. The blacksmith was unaware of Den's presence as he was laboring, for the tool that he was making was representative of Dennis. At first, Den thought the blacksmith was making a sword. It was long and dark as the blacksmith was trying it in the fire, and reshaping it with a hammer. The work was long and intensive. As Den continued to watch the blacksmith work he began to see the true shape of the metal, and it was that of a horse shoe. It was not a glamorous sword at all, but one of a mundane horse shoe that was to be trodden underfoot.

Well of course, of our flesh there is always disappointment when discovering that you are not the shiny two edged sword. I mean who doesn't want to be the glorious sword that fights in a battle and gets quite a bit of glory? Who would choose to be the horse shoe that was under a horse and stuck in the mire and the mud on many a journey? Well this vision has always been good for us. It has kept us humble, and gave us a clear understanding of our labor in life. We are the horse shoe.

So what does that mean? Well tonight I felt like it was a little clearer. As I laid in my bed, in the darkness, waiting for my brethren to arrive, I began to think about our work here, and also in days past. Den and I have lived in almost every assembly in the northwest. Most of the time not for very long, but long enough to either do a labor or build some beautiful bonds with those that live there. We have seen some wonderful, amazing things, and we have seen things that have made us cry and weep to a depth I didn't believe possible. Life isn't always easy when you are a horse shoe, and it certainly hasn't been glorious. So how does that tie into now? Well I began to think of the horse. The horse is the worker of the Lord, maybe its the spirit....I don't begin to fully understand, but this horse has been sent to do a work. For instance, coming to this place to start anew. In order for this horse to travel it has needed a horse shoe, well 4 to be exact. One that will help it achieve it's goal. When the Lord said for us to go we had to be willing. We had to be willing to get a little mud, dung, water, and all things dirty underneath, and behind us, in order to come.

We may not be remembered as a glorious sword, but we understand that there is a need for shoe. We are that shoe. One that isn't often seen under the foot of the horse, but one that is necessary. We are all workers for the Lord. Wherever he calls us to be we need to be willing to be. Whatever capacity He calls us to be used, we must be willing to be used. Even if at the end of the day the master is rooting out the dirt between the hoof and the shoe, that is us. I am thankful that we are a part of the journey. I am thankful that we are on the horse at all. I am thankful that he remembered to put us on a hoof, so that we can gain eternal life.

17 comments:

la bellina mammina said...

Really hope you feel better soon Trina. Yes, maye you DO need to slow down a bit:-)

Nadine said...

What a well written post, Trina. We all do need to be willing...how true.

Michelle Swank said...

I think it is neat that Den was given the vision and that it has help you spiritally know were you are and gives you some meaning. God shows us things in many ways. Hope you feel better soon. I don't know how you do it with all the company. I'll pray God continues to give you strength.

Love & Prayer
MS

Mother-of-Hope said...

Amen!

Trina said...

la bellina: Thank you. I am taking it easy. Doing a lot of laying around me in between...trust me!!!

Nadine: It's not always easy to see ourselves for who and what we are.

Michelle: I am so thankful for all the things that the Lord has shown us in the past. It truly has helped us so much! God has been mericiful to me. Looking forward to the m/s passing though. What a different world it will be then...lol.

Angel: *smiling*

Mrs. Mom said...

This is a beautiful testimony...

Marisela said...

It is such a blessing to have reveiled what your work is for the Lord in this life. This is beautiful...I know being sick so much must really get you down sometimes, but you deal with it beautifully. I know the Lord won't put anything on us that we can't handle. I think that may be why I don't get very sick, I don't think I could cope. I am amazed at your endurance. I will continue to remember you in my prayers, that the Lord will give you relief.

Sis. Lori P. said...

I will be meditating on this post for a long time Sis. Trina...thank you for sharing this on your blog. Our church is going camping next weekend and our hope is to travel on up to Hillsboro on Sunday to meet with you brethren at church. Don't worry, the campground we are staying in has showers! We will shower before coming to meeting! I think one of our brothers is going to email you about us coming...but I'm spilling the beans here first. We just want to come for meeting!

meNmykids said...

What a blessing to have Dennis' vision to analyze. God is good to us. Sometimes our part seems pretty low, but like you said, Thank God that He gave us a work!

Russell said...

My mother, Sister Lori P. =) Told me I should read this post, I think that is just so very comforting. Thats a very cool example of how we need to be humble, and willing to be whatever God wants. I love to hear dreams, visions, and testimonies my Bretheren have.

Brother Russell Pelkey

Sister Dayna said...

Sister Trina,
What a sweet dream, it fits us all. I love the things the Lord brings to our minds in the quiet of the night, thank you for comforting us with what came to yours. Hope to see you soon!

Trina said...

Mrs.Mom: Life is full of them, isn't it?

Marisela: Your words really touched me. Thank you for taking the time to comfort me.

Sis. Lori: I am STILL pondering this vision and all the details of it. It has had quite an impact on Den and I through our lives. Yes, email us, we will be thrilled to see you guys in meeting!!

Gale: I am so thankful that we are not on the outside looking in.

Bro. Russel: I am so glad that this was a comfort to you. It is STILL a comfort to me too.

Trina said...

Sis. Dayna: We must have been posting our comments at the same time...lol. The quiet of the night is so powerful. Things just sort of shut down and let us have time to think. See ya soooooon!

Jen B. said...

I want to thank the Lord for using you to write this post. It is not bt chance that I read it tonight. It fits what my husband and I are going through at this moment.
Thanks!
Jen
http://abouttobe.blogspot.com/

Steff said...

Trina, friend, you need to find a publisher. Your insight is truly a gift from God and I always enjoy reading. You have such an uplifting spirit! God is using you through this blog and I bet you're touching people you'll never know about until we get to Heaven. :)

Trina said...

Jen: Im glad that this post has helped in any way. Life is a challenge, we need all the help we can get.

Steff: Awww Steff, you are so kind to me. I hope that I can help encourage others. I have had so many encourage me in this life. We all need to be that for each other.

Mrs.Martin said...

Beautiful written Trina Leah. I know the Lord will continue to bless you, and give you both strenghth for your labor.