DayBreaks for 05/28/12 – Laughing at Fear
Job 39:19-24 – Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paused fiercely, rejoicing in his strength and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing, He does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground. He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.
You may recognize the passage quoted above if you’ve seen the wonderful movie, Secretariat. The year was 1973, and it was the final race of the Triple Crown – the Belmont Stakes, the longest and most arduous of the three races. While some horses are extremely fast and can win at the shorter Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Belmont is known as the graveyard for speed horses because the longer distance exhausts them and they wither and fade.
Secretariat was a descendant of Bold Ruler, who sired horses known for speed, not stamina. Nearly everyone had written Secretariat off in the Belmont except for those who knew him best. He had already won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. In the process he’d become famous, being featured on the cover of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated – something that has never happened before or since.
I could go on and on about this amazing animal, but that’s not the point. The quote above comes in the movie as Secretariat rounds the final turn. To start with, you can’t see him, but only hear the voice of Diane Lane (who plays Penny Chennery, the owner of Secretariat) quoting the passage from Job. Then, from the right edge of the picture, Secretariat emerges around the turn, hooves pounding, breathing fire as he pounds down the track with no other horse even in sight. He never lets up, finishing the race in a time and winning margin that no horse before or since has even approached, winning by 31 lengths over his closest rival.
Courage. Strength. Stamina. Perseverance. And joy, oh such joy! – as the race has been well run and the finish line approaches!
Though the quote is about the wonders of God’s creation and the strength and courage of the war horse, does it not describe how we should be as we race through our lives and turn one corner after the next? When we hear the sound of the trumpet calling us to the fray, let us not stand still, but let us race and run with all that is in us to win the prize for which we have been called!
Philippians 3:13-14 (ASV) – Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14 I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Run! And run well, laughing at fear, afraid of nothing!
PRAYER: Let us enter the fray with courage and run without fear into your waiting arms! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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