Jumping Life’s Hurdles

Jumping Life’s Hurdles

There is something so majestic about watching a horse jump.  I wish I could say I’ve had the pleasure of riding one and being in the air with it, but the closest I’ve come is watching from a distance.  I was watching a show with horses as one of the main characters in the story line.  Part of the storyline was about a trainer trying to help a horse.  The problem was when the horse approached a hurdle, instead of flying over it, it would come to a halting and abrupt stop.

I think inherently I expect most days to be a trail ride.  A nice leisurely stroll on even ground with plenty space in front of me to see what’s coming.  So when some hurdle shows up in my path, many times they trip me up or I lose my momentum and come to a screeching halt.

Jesus reminded the people closest to Him about trials often.  He reminds us that when, not if, trials come that He will be with us. (John 16:33)  I know this should encourage us, but I still get hung up on the “trials” part.  You know… something that “tries” your strength, or patience, or trust, or courage.   Yeah, most days that just doesn’t sound too appealing 😉  But when I saw this horse overcome its fear and sail over those hurdles, I heard God’s quiet voice reminding me that I have the same opportunity with each trial that shows up in my path.

Some days I get the chance to leisurely stroll, but most days are more like an obstacle course full of hurdles!  If I set that idea as the expectation in my mind, hurdles don’t surprise me because I anticipate them.

The root of the horse’s problem was fear and the fear was stopping it in it’s tracks.  Often times it is the root of my problem as well.  The most effective way to overcome a hurdle is to apply God’s truth to it.  For fear, God always reminds me that His perfect love casts out fear (1John 4:18)

There are a couple of common hurdles that come up and these are the truths God reminds me of to help me jump over them:

If we ask God for wisdom, He will give it to us! (James 1:5)

When we ask God to help us, He is able to do “exceedingly, abundantly, beyond what we could ever ask or think” (Eph 3:20)

When you accept what Jesus did on the cross for you, God puts His spirit in us and we are never alone. (Joshua 1:9)

Don’t let hurdles stop you in your tracks, soar over them instead.




  1. Dani @ Free Indeed
    May 1, 2017

    This was so good! Loved the encouragement. Reminds me of the verse in 1 Peter 4:12 – “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.” We have no reason to be surprised by suffering in this world, but we have every reason to hope!

    • Bonnie
      May 1, 2017

      Yes, we have every reason to have hope!

  2. Debbie Lutz
    Apr 26, 2017

    Just what I needed today!

    • Bonnie
      Apr 26, 2017

      Thanks for sharing!

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