I received this particular message from a very dear friend today. The story is so uplifting, that I had to share it with my readers as well. Unfortunately I do not know whom the original author is, but it is a beautiful story that bears repeating.
Just up the road is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.
This alone is amazing.
If you stand nearby and listen carefully, you will hear the sound of a bell. As you look around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.
Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so that he may follow. As you stand and watch these two friends, you will 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 that he will not be led astray.
When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it will stop occasionally and look back, making sure that the blind friend is not too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owner 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 whom God has placed in our lives. Other times, we are the guiding horse, helping others to find their way. Good friends are like that…You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell, and I shall listen for yours, and always remember to be kinder than necessary. Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Live Simply … Love Generously … Care Deeply … Speak Kindly – for we walk by faith and not by sight.
Thank you, Shelly, for reminding me that there are those out there who are ringing their bell for me too.