Lenny’s Wild Ride
Have you have ever owned a pet? Maybe a dog, cat or even a pet snake? I grew up on a farm surrounded by many pets and animals, but when I was five years old I had a Shetland pony named Lenny. Shetland ponies are beautiful and they do not grow up to be very tall. Riding Lenny was my favorite thing to do.
One sunny and peaceful day, Lenny and I were enjoying a ride in my backyard when suddenly a band of horses came running down a hill next to our house. Lenny saw the horses and decided he wanted to join them. Lenny started running out of the yard and after the horses until he joined the herd. I did not know what to do and was really scared. As I clung to Lenny’s mane and my saddle, I yelled for my dad as loud as I possibly could. Lenny and the horses kept running and then turned onto a nearby property whose hay had been recently cut and was nicely piled throughout.
From a distance, my family heard me cry out and realized what was happening. My dad and several of my family members started running towards us hoping they could stop Lenny from running. To make things worse, they could see that Lenny and the horses were approaching a wooden bridge. Fortunately, Lenny slowed down and walked slowly across bridge.
However, once he got across the bridge, Lenny started running again as fast as he could to catch up to the horses. I tried as hard as I could to wrap my tiny hands around Lenny’s neck, but it was no use.
As Lenny kept running, I could feel myself starting to slide. Then, with a loud thump, I fell off. When I opened my eyes, I realized I was laying on something soft. It was not dirt or rocks; I had fallen on a pile of freshly cut hay! My family quickly rushed over to me and checked my body for injuries. Thankfully I was not hurt.
Some who hear this story could say I just got lucky and fell on hay, but I know better. God had protected me. Many scary things could have happened to me that day, but God’s protective hand was over me. Psalm 18:2 says, “My God is my protection, and with Him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; He defends me and keeps me safe,” (GNT). I am so very thankful that we can always count on God’s protection. So, the next time something scary happens to you, pray to God and remember that with He loves you, and in Him you are safe.