“Depend on the Lord. Trust Him, and He will take care of you.” Psalm 37:5 (NCV)
My horse, Ilustre, truly was a gift from God. He came into my life in such a magical way. I have always loved horses, but could never afford one of my own. I’ve worked long hours to earn precious moments in the saddle. I felt such a strong longing to simply be around these magnificent animals. I will always remember that day, three and a half years ago, when I first saw a picture of the horse that would change my life. The photo showed a beautiful white Andalusian gelding. An Andalusian- the horse of kings! My very own Shadowfax! His owner was not looking to sell him. She simply wanted to find him a good home where he would be loved and cared for. I could never have afforded to buy such an incredible horse, and yet God took care of me. The very next day, Ilustre stepped off the trailer and into his new stall, and so the journey began. Ilustre’s name means “distinguished, renowned, or glorious”. He has certainly lived up to that! He has become a wonderful performance horse as well as an enduring partner. Ilustre has taught me so much about horses, relationships, spirituality, and life in general. It hasn’t always been easy. We’ve had our share of struggles along the way, but I’ve learned just as much-maybe more- from the bad times as the good. Through the spiritual relationship I have found with Ilustre, I have come to better know myself and better know God. I am so blessed to have him in my life.