Do you remember those fabulous antique rocking horses? They were often made of hand-painted wood, sometimes with a little rope mane and a padded seat to look like a saddle. When you were a little kid, that rocking horse could take you any place you wanted to go. You could imagine yourself riding across the prairie, your hair flowing in the breeze, your trusty horse keeping you safe and happy. You could ride away from the bad guys, or maybe from mom trying to get you to take a nap, but one way or another, this was a great place to be and you rocked on and on.
The problem is that the rocking horse never left the room. You didn’t get anywhere. You didn’t even outrun that nap. So, where are you now? Are you still sitting on some dreams that you meant to pursue? Are you still wondering just where you could go if you really took a chance on yourself and headed out the door to make a new discovery? If you’re a dreamer, that’s a good thing, but if you’re only having rocking horse dreams, you may not ever get out there on the prairie. So what would help? Maybe it’s time to let go of the yesterdays and redesign today. Maybe it’s time to go out and rock the world the way you meant to. Yesterday really is behind you, and today is the field of opportunity. Today is that big wide open space with your name all over it and as it turns out, God has actually given you a clean slate. He makes you new every morning. He brings you new chances and new blessings and new dreams to pursue every day and He’ll help you get where you want to go. If you were waiting for the cavalry to rescue you, well consider yourself rescued, out there on Calvary.
So what is it going to take to get you off that cute, but going nowhere rocking horse? Here are a few ideas: Try doing one thing in a different way today. That’s right! Connect with someone you hadn’t thought could do a thing to help your dream move forward. Change your routine. Pray first! Eat later! Rock on! Okay, try this! Laugh! Take a moment to see yourself on that horse and laugh that you’re still there. Give yourself a medal for staying the course this long and then get going in a new direction. Give thanks! Be grateful that you’ve gotten this far and that you haven’t given up on your dream already. Then jump! Jump at the chance to get out of the old groove, get the wind in your hair and move and see just where it takes you. And, if you’ve been riding in the dark, well, put away your flashlight and follow the One who can light your way wherever you want to go! This is your day to get a move on. Remember these great words from Lamentations: “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I hope in Him.