The Horse Whisperer
Five white horses running in slowed motion along a sandy stretch of beach, their manes flowing in rhythm with their gate. A single rider stands in the middle, each foot planted gently on the back of two different horses, holding the mane of one as his body moves in perfect rhythm and unison. In another scene the same rider sits on the ground, a lone white horse stands right behind him, as one stands intimately close to their friend or love. The man, relaxed and comfortable in a space most would consider unsafe, with a powerful animal able to stomp him where he sits. The horse nuzzles his head as he enjoys her attention and gentle affection. Several other scenes in this short film show him riding bareback, his hands free or gently holding on to the horse’s mane, or surrounded by the same five horses as they encircle him. He is comfortable and at ease, these beautiful, powerful animals in complete submission and obedience, yet free and unrestrained.
These mesmerizing scenes are from the short film The Horse Whisperer, in which Jean François Pignon, tells the story of how he was captivated as a teenager by a white horse named Gazelle. From her, he learned to communicate with horses in a totally silent world of senses, where one must be calm and serene inside, completely free of tension. Once in this state, one is able to communicate on a truly sensitive level.
These images of the relationship between the horses and their trainer strike me as particularly beautiful. The freedom, respect, and love exhibited in this relationship speaks to my heart. These magnificent, powerful creatures, unrestrained, yet in complete submission to their trainer. This is a beautiful example of the way I wish to experience complete submission and obedience to my Lord.
This is also an image I have held in my mind and heart of the relationship I desire to have with a man. Moving in sync and harmony as he directs. We are quietly sensitive to each other’s needs, aware of the power each is given, and moving with grace and complete unrestrained freedom. Within this relationship is complete trust and respect. The trainer respects the power and freedom of the horse, trusting her to fully submit and follow. She gives over her will to his in complete faith he will care for her and lead her well. The joy and freedom they experience is what I long for, both with the Lord and with my love. This becomes even deeper as I imagine the man I love and long for in complete submission and obedience to our Lord. Oh what joy and rapture!
Perhaps these are lessons we can use in our walk with the Lord. Entering into silence, away from the noise of our lives and the endless chatter inside our heads, releasing tensions and the cares of this world. Calm takes over, serenity and peace move in. Here we become sensitive to His Holy Spirit, the still small voice. We sense His movements and His power. His leading is gentle and we follow in complete faith and trust. The deeper our relationship with God, the more open and receptive we are to healthy relationships. The more we make God our center and source of love, acceptance, and approval, the less we seek these from others who can never fully satisfy the longing in our hearts. ~ ♡