Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Saved by the bell

A story is told of two horses in a field. From a distance each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car or are walking past the field you will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow. As you stand and watch these two horses, you’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have unconventional problems or insurmountable challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the ringing bell of those whom God places in our lives. At other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.

~author unknown~

Thanks to my friend Mickey for sending this to me today.

"Each helps the other and says to his brother, 'Be strong.'" Isaiah 41:6 NIV


Tamela's Place said...

i just love that story and what a beautiful picture as well. May we hear the bell that our great good shepherd is wearing and follow Him :)

Jess said...

Wonderful story...

I received a package in the mail yesterday that tickled me to death. I will be sending you a letter in the mail tomorrow.

Thank you so so much.

You know i love you

Greg said...

That's a neat parable, Gigi. To a great extent, we are all blind and need God's guidance, to point the way.