there ever been a time in your life when all of a sudden a song or
a word triggers old memories of the past? I think all of us have had
those experiences at one time or another. And when it happens those
old childhood remembrances can affect our mood and even the way we
look at ourselves. I believe that God wants to heal our memories and
use positive reinforcing nuggets from every day life to speak to us
in modern day parables.
When I was four
years old I had long golden blond pigtails that dangled in the wind
as I ran across the back yard past the chicken pen. I would run for
and letting the wind catch the ribbons that were woven into my braids.
The colored streamers would gently sway in the breeze while I dreamed
of far away places or pretended that I could fly. My world was small,
and I was confined by the white picket fence that surrounded our small
I grew up admiring
my brother who was eighteen years older and called him my “superman”
for to me he was the man of steel. Sometimes he would tease me and
sneak up behind me and grab my pigtails, wave them in the air like
the reigns of a horse and would say to me, “giddy-up horsy.”
I would wrap my little fingers across his
weathered tan hands trying to break lose screaming for my mother.
I was convinced He was making fun of me and his mannerism of affection
left much to be desired. “I am not a horsy,” I would scream
as I tried to break lose from his grip.
I now look back
at those years and realize that my brother was showing me affection
even though I thought his method was far from a gesture of love.
As the Lord quickened
that memory, I now see it in a different light. My big brother would
lift up my pigtails, swing them in the air and tease me to let me
know that I was this little child he loved. Sometimes we may not fully
understand a gesture of affection. We try to defend ourselves or live
a life running in a face past world not wanting to deal with memories
of the past. But the Lord does not want us to view ourselves as victims
but as victorious.
When we have misconception
about ourselves, God comes to reveal His truth about us and helps
us to continue to press forward, even when we are unsure of the journey.
I am uncertain of things in my life the Lord gently lifts my spirit
and says, “Giddy up daughter of mine and let’s get going.”
When He does this I don’t feel quite the same as when my brother
held my pigtails and teased me as if I was a cute little pony. Instead
my God lovingly gives me encouragement and gently reveals truth through
an experience I had as a child.
All of us have
areas in our lives that have been damaged by words that people have
spoken over us. But when God comes and speaks into our lives He lifts
our heart with a gentle word and brings us into action and deliverance.
I must giddy up and run the race that has been set before me. Paul
says in (1 Cor. 9:24) that we must run the race with perseverance.
There will be roadblocks along the race if life as we run but we can
overcome every obstacle that comes to slow us down because God is
us respond when God tugs at our hearts. He will take your life put
it in the palm of His hand and guide you along the way. His grip will
be there to never let you go, and His love to carry you through. So
let us remember although it may be hard we all need to giddy-up and
get going for God.
Father God, I thank you for the love you gave me by sending your Son
Jesus Christ to die for me. I
realize that I have not fully experience your love and forgiveness
for my life that was given to me by Jesus Christ on the cross. He
died for me so that I may live forever. So I ask you to forgive me,
and wash my sins away. I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my life
and I ask you to help me to walk in a way that is pleasing to you.
Thank you for reaching down from heaven and touching me with your
love and giving me life forever with you. I ask this in the name of
you prayed this prayer from your heart, I would love to be in prayer
for you about this important decision. Please email me at EvelynSpeaks@aol.com.
God bless you.