Jerry Famer, Guest of the Month,
shares a healing he had with a horse when he was
in junior high school.
I was born and raised on a farm in a small farming
community in southwestern Michigan. As a young
boy, I always wanted a horse. But we didn't have
any money on the farm. So, I worked hard and saved
my money. When I was in junior high, I was able
to go to an auction and buy a beautiful horse.
Betty was a real sweetheart. But she was also
spirited, really spirited. In this case, the concept,
"You'd better watch out for what you wish
for because you just might get it" applied.
I was concerned that I was going to have to sell
Betty because she was more than I could handle.
My parents thought the same thing. But it didn't
make sense to me that I'd have to get rid of her,
especially after I'd worked so hard and so long
to get her.
That's when I started to use the Bible. I knew
and loved lots of Bible stories. My parents both
loved the Bible, and I had always gone to Sunday
School. I thought about the story of the storm
that came up when Jesus and his disciples were
on the water. The disciples got scared and woke
Jesus. He calmed the storm by saying, "Peace,
be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a
great calm" (Mark 4:39). I really started
thinking of the calmness. If a storm can be calmed,
so can a horse. After Jesus calms the sea, he
asks his disciples, "Why are ye so fearful?
how is it that ye have no faith? (Mark 4:40).
I realized that I didn't need to fear losing my
horse. I could have the faith required to calm
My next door neighbor heard about my problem
with Betty. He was from Nebraska. And he got on
his horse and I on mine. He had a hold of the
bridle of my horse and led her up and down the
road until she was ready to stop, at which point,
he'd keep pulling her, tiring her out. Finally
he told me, "She's going to do whatever you
want her to do." And she did. Betty always
acted like I was in charge and in control. And,
she lost none of her spirit. We had a wonderful
time together. We entered some parades around
the area and we had a lot of fun. My prayers were