There is a field up the road with two horses.
From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing…
Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is totally blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him.
Even more amazing… If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it is coming from one of the horses in the field.
Attached to the horse’s mane is a tiny bell. It lets his blind friend know exactly where he 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 behind to see where the blind horse is.
And the blind horse will listen for the bell, then walk over to where the other horse is…trusting that he will not be led astray.
When the horse with the bell walks back to the shelter of the barn each evening, he stops occasionally and looks back…making sure that his blind friend hasn’t fallen 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 who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide 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’ll listen for yours.