STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
The American Quarter Horse – Fast as Lightning
(The 5th devotional from my latest project seeking a publisher)
This little equine isn’t a quarter of a horse. He’s all horse, and he’s an All-American!
Way, way back in the late 1700s, the colonists in Virginia met a new kind of a horse, as fast as lightning. The stocky, muscular horse was a cross between Mustangs, which Native Americans rode, and the English horses brought to the New World in earlier years. The small sturdy horse in any color or combination of colors, quick, smart, and eager to work, captivated the hearts of the colonists. But working hard didn’t attract the horse’s fancy as much as racing.
How did he get his name? In early colonial days, race tracks didn’t exist, so the colonists made their own “track,” clearing out a straight, flat stretch of land about a quarter of a mile long. The new horse on the block amazed everyone by achieving speeds of up to 55 miles per hour over that short stint. Beyond that distance, the Thoroughbred always won. But because of the little horse’s dominance of the quarter mile track, he became known as the Quarter Horse.
With its eager yet gentle nature, the Quarter Horse has become one of the most popular riding horses in America. Early Americans discovered the breed worked well on the farm and seemed to have a natural instinct for working around cattle. So, in the 1800s when the settlers began migrating to the West, the Quarter Horse became the choice of the early cowboys for ranching and cattle roundups. Before long, rodeos emerged as a popular pastime, and cowboys soon realized the little Quarter Horse excelled at events like calf roping and barrel racing. The horse became so predominant, a group of horsemen and ranchers formed the American Quarter Horse Association in 1940 and made the special equine its own breed.
Today, the Quarter Horse has won the hearts of horse lovers all over the world. With about five million registered in America alone, it’s no wonder the American Quarter Horse is the number one breed in the United States. Who wouldn’t want to own a stocky, little horse with a gentle nature but fast as lightning?
Speaking of lightning, there are at least a dozen verses in the Bible about lightning. One of the most encouraging verses is found in the book of Matthew that tells us Jesus is going to come back to earth some day for everyone who believes in Him as Savior. He’ll come as fast as lightning and call all Christians to meet him in the air and go with him to Heaven. The Bible tells us to always be ready to meet Jesus and to keep looking for His return.
What about you? Do you know Jesus is coming back again for everyone who believes in Him? Are you anxious to see Jesus face to face?
There’s one way to be ready. If you’re a Christian, keep looking up and watch for Jesus to come as fast as lightning!
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”.
PRAYER: Dear God, please forgive me when I sin and give in to temptation. I want to be ready to meet you when you come for us Christians. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
SADDLE UP! (What would God have you do now?)
Is there any sin or wrong doing that seems to trouble you and you find hard to give up? More than one? Maybe it’s time to ask God to forgive you and help you fight the temptation.
Take your ride: (Do you know?) Although Quarter Horses can come in any color or combination of colors, the most prominent color is sorrel (reddish brown) or chestnut.
Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).