Zan Parr Lindy
2000-2011 AQHA World Finalist, Dam, and now… Spiritual Teacher
Shunning the usual poetic intro for pros is not really a choice tonight, but more of a requirement. See, this is probably the tenth or thirtieth (who freakin’ knows) time I’ve tried to write something that rhymes and it’s just not coming.
And the uncharacteristically long block allowed me to think about this whole loss thing. Turns out that this mare is still teaching me months after we lost her.
There’s the problem – Zan Parr Lindy was not a loss. Sure, she was valuable in a dollars and cents manner. She was valuable in a sentimental manner. She was a freak athlete and bloody gorgeous.
But, she was not a loss.
What she was… was a blessing. She was an opportunity. She was exactly what I needed when I needed it and she was the same for everyone else whose lives she was a part of. She was life.
She was life… What the hell is that supposed to mean James?
Well, we all think that if we’re on the right path and do the right things that positive things will happen.
Positive things will happen. But, negative things will also happen. And, it has nothing to do with our actions. Now if you go punch someone in the face, you’re going to be much more likely to get punched in the face than someone who has not punched someone else in the face. However, these reactionary circumstances are not what I’m talking about.
I’m talking about good people living good lives and expecting everything to always be good because they are good. Everything will not be good. Everything will be Just.
And it will be Our Lord’s definition of Just – not ours.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
It is so easy to have a solid faith when things are going well. Adversity, though, is where we truly find ourselves. The world was not shocked by the shooting at the Amish West Nickel Mines School. The national media reported it, but they were not shocked by it. The reaction from the Amish community, though… that had the nation transfixed. How did they just forgive that guy? Everyone wanted to know. And the Amish; They actually practiced what they preached… What a concept.
A younger, less mature faith always asks why. Why did it happen? Why live this way if things like this are going to happen anyway? Etc. Etc.
Well, it’s not our job to know why. It’s not our job to know why assholes win the lottery – why good faithful people have their children shot while attending school. Thank God. Because we wouldn’t understand anyway. We only have one job.
It’s our job to be faithful through it all.
1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.