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16 February 2016

Sunny Days

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10487424 1136307179713909 3485941295404280119 nGrief seems to have been a constant companion of mine, often stuffed behind a smile and frequently hidden by my tough girl side. Until Sunny came into my life grief had threatened to overwhelm me. I felt much like Job wanting to scream “Listen closely to what I am saying. You can console me by listening to me.” (Job 21:2 NLT)

Grief had finally compounded upon grief and I was at my wits end because unresolved grief seeks to destroy ones soul. It is in my opinion one of Satan’s most effective tools. For it is in the darkness of our grief that our soul loses hope and forgets that “joy comes in the morning.” And it took Sunny to brighten my days. She was in desperate need when she arrived - not having been respected for her gentle and teachable nature, sold to a kill buyer pregnant and ready to foal, foaling in the filth of the feed lot, herded into a trailer. She had no idea her ransom had been paid.

I saw myself in her – a woman who had spent much of her life seeking respect and love, wounded and tired.  The grief of all that had been lost and all that should have been enslaving me in the mire and lull of the buyers’ pen. Grief has a way of making us forget that our ransom has been paid; that Christ died that we might have life and life more abundantly

The barn has become my sanctuary. I can pour out my soul there. One such night as I sat on the floor of the barn sobbing uncontrollably, Sunny came into a stall. She quietly nickered at me. I looked at her and she nickered a little louder. I walked to her stall and as I leaned my head against the stall door, she wiped the tears from my cheek with her velvet nose.

Dear friend, the Bible assures us that one day Christ will wipe all the tears away for He came to set the captives free, to comfort the brokenhearted, to give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning and praise instead of despair. (Is 61:1-3) He is who ultimately releases us from the cares of this world.  And sometimes He uses the gentle, velvet touch of a horse’s nose to remind us of just how much He cares for us.

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