One of the things I appreciate about the Outer Banks in North Carolina is that they still have wild horses that roam its shores. Horses have always held a high regard in my heart. Partly due to their strength and magnificence, and partly due to their courage and wild spirit they seem to inherently posses. When I’m around horses I’m often reminded of what Jeremiah the prophet wrote, “If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, how will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?” I’m no expert on Jeremiah, but I can’t help but think that one of the concepts being touched on in this verse is the reality that often I’m not ready for what the Lord wants to do in my life simply because I’m not prepared for it. I ask the Lord for great things, but I’m often unwillingly to do the little things that will properly prepare me for the great things. This is true in my life both in regard to blessings and battles. The truth is that the Lord is often more concerned with the process, not simply the result. Don’t get me wrong, He certainly cares about the result, but not at the expense of the process. I think He sees a value in the process that I often overlook. And He is patient enough to walk me through the process as many times as is needed for me to be prepared to run with horses when the time comes.