LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God. Psalm 38:15 (NIV)
Saturday, Andrea and I went on a poker ride at Little Manatee State Park. A poker ride is when you follow a map to five or seven stops to pick up cards. Best hand wins a prize. Because Andrea’s husband is retired with his own horse now and their trailer only holds two horses, I don’t get to ride as much as I would like. Without a trailer of my own, I depend upon them for transportation. So, I go when Andrea’s husband cannot. I try to convince myself it doesn’t matter when they drive off on Saturdays leaving Trucker and me at home. He runs the fence line whinnying while I busy myself with glass or housework. On days like Saturday, I remember how much I do love riding. The route at the Poker Ride was a long one taking about three hours to complete. That is longer than Andrea and I usually ride because her horse is getting older and can only go short distances and then, must walk most of the way. I don’t mind as when we stay at a walk I can enjoy the scenery and look for birds and animals, but I never want the ride to end and sometimes, it is fun to trot or even to canter. On Saturday, there were so many horses that Andrea and I rode part of the time together and part of the time in separate groups. I was with a group that likes to go fast and so, Trucker and I trotted for quite some time. We even got to canter which I enjoy for short distances. I love the feeling of Trucker’s rhythmic gait. It reminds me of those 25 cent grocery store horses from when I was a kid and dreamed someday I would have a horse of my own. I came home Saturday chattering away about the day and how much fun we had. On Sunday, I was cleaning house and had something in the kiln when husband surprised me and said, “I’m going to look at a horse trailer, want to come?” I dropped my broom, conned oldest son into monitoring the kiln and jumped in the truck. Husband has been looking for a couple of years at trailers on Craig’s List but he was particular about what we got and anything in our price range usually sells before he can get to it. This trailer had posted at 2:10 and it was already 3:00. Would we get there in time? We did and while the trailer wasn’t exactly what we had hoped for, the price was right. Not all my prayers are answered with a yes. But, God always answers. Sometimes, He says wait while longer. Sometimes, He says no. This time with patience, compromise and a willingness to be still and wait, my dream came true. Now, I can ride whenever I want. At least as soon as I learn to pull a horse trailer!