The Kings Horses
Last August we sold our home. We have since been going through the process of building a new home. Everyday we anticipate the work that will be done. Somedays are more productive than others. It’s notable how the most menial project once complete is still headway. The workers might take it for granted but we sure don’t. On days when no work is being done we still drive over to the site looking forward to the day we will finally get to move in.
Our neighbor has a huge barn and sometimes we visit the horses there. They are beautiful. The first time I stood near them I was amazed by how strong and powerful they were. Each horse exuded a certain kind of strength as they peacefully munched the grass beneath their hooves. There was a woman there caring for them. She explained that she spends a great deal of time providing for the needs of the animals. It was interesting to hear the amount of work that goes into caring for these amazing creatures.
The conversation reminded me of something I read in the Biblical account of Esther. Most people are familiar with her brave encounter with the King. She risked her life requesting to speak to King Xerxes in an attempt to save the Jewish people, and her family, from annihilation. Her bravery resulted in the King issuing a decree that allowed the Jews to defend themselves and ultimately turned a day of destruction into a day of victory. Today though, the part of the story that stuck out to me was the description of the horses the messengers rode. The Bible says in Esther 8:10 “…Mordecai sent the dispatches by swift messengers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king’s service.” Wow! That paints a picture.
It also made me think of the caretakers of those horses. I wonder if during the daily grind of cleaning out the stables, hauling bales of hay, providing proper care, and exercising the giant animals, did they ever stop to think about the importance of what they were doing? Did they ever think their contribution to the care of those specially bred horses was just as important as the job the animals would be used for? Do we? Our contributions may seem small or unimportant but to God every menial task done for his Kingdom is headway. The caretakers of the horses may not have gotten an entire book of the Bible named after them or even an honorable mention. But the result of their care and hard work was clearly an important contribution to the task. The workers building my home probably don’t put much thought into their workday routine but for our family every little bit of progress is meaningful. I’m sure the woman caring for her horses may feel at times that it’s a chore but because of her dedication the horses are healthy and happy. The things we do might feel like hard work and the usual daily grind. The things we do might not appear to be all that meaningful or significant but we never know when and how God might need to swiftly dispatch us. When we’re in a place we don’t want to be, doing a task we don’t want to do, we should remember the caretakers of those horses. Our contribution may not seem like it makes a difference but it does. Sometimes the hero’s are the folks behind the scenes that humbly go without receiving acknowledgement for their hard work. Having the attitude that at any moment we could be called up for service might cause us to see the daily grind a little differently. Did you know you were especially bred for the Kings service?