I’m sharing a post from one of a United States Naval Chaplain. It’s a good lesson on marriage. Enjoy
Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting… One of the horses is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in. This alone is pretty amazing. But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse’s halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow. As you stand and watch these two friends 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 he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look 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 problems or 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 little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.
LESSONS: I really enjoy observing friendships and relationships where people are able to help each other, and iron sharpens iron. It is said the perfect marriages are those who truly complement each other. They have strengths and weaknesses that differ available to offer each other the unique part of themselves. What makes it even more beautiful is when both are able to accept the weaknesses as much as they praise the strengths. Why should we do this? No matter how awesome we think we are, we too, have weaknesses that someone has to accept. This is not an advertisement to settle for less. It is a reminder that we shouldn’t judge others for being different but we should accept people for who they are. Save yourself a divorce and honor the covenant of marriage by selecting a spouse whose weaknesses you can bear and tolerate. If you are already married and you and your spouse are struggling afford yourself an opportunity of success by pursuing counseling or marriage enhancement workshops that will help you live an enjoyable life together beyond toleration, standing together truly in love. Sometimes we will be like the blind horse that needs guidance and other times we will be like the horse with the bell who guides others. Whichever you are today, remember to be brave enough to trust each other.
PRAYER: Almighty God, we all have evident weaknesses that manifest in various ways. Remind us of our imperfections not to condemn ourselves but to humble us recognizing no one is perfect. Help us to make it a priority to strengthen ourselves and others.
Chaplain Deann C. Coleman, LT, USN
Note: The author of the two horses is unknown.