“Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrifying.
He paws in the valley and exults in his strength;
he goes out to meet the weapons.
He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.
Upon him rattle the quiver,
the flashing spear, and the javelin.
With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground;
he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet.
When the trumpet sounds, he says ‘Aha!’”
Can you tell that I’m blogging from Lexington? I always enjoy being back in the land of the Bluegrass. Those opening words are God’s words from Job 39:19-25.
Our God is so amazing that His glory is displayed in every creature He has made. How can we not see the Sovereign’s majesty and strength when we gaze upon a gorgeous thoroughbred horse? He moves with fearless energy, yet with gracious precision. He inspires awe and adoration among the toughest soldiers, and calms the troubled spirits of children with special needs. He performs like the grandest of machines while frolicking on the rolling hills of Central Kentucky.
“Aha!” I love that. It speaks to me of breathless wonder when I would otherwise be terrified. “Aha!” It speaks to me of unstoppable hope when others might see nothing but doom and gloom. “Aha!” It speaks to me of peace in the middle of my darkest night. “Aha!” It speaks to me of passion and power — Christ’s resurrection power — simply to do what I’ve been called and commissioned to do.
Maybe this is your “Aha!” moment. Maybe your race isn’t over yet. Maybe your finish line is within reach. Run!
The Lord who made heaven and earth spoke to Job “out of the storm.” The God who made the lightning bolt and the tropical cyclone is the God who calms the raging sea. Job would learn such wonderful truths on dry ground, and Jonah in the belly of a fish. Wherever we find ourselves, God is there.
With dangers, toils, and snares all around, the horse hears only the trumpet call. May we have ears to hear as well.