One time we went horseback riding on our MidHigh Mystery Ramble. The only thing I remember about that was that this was Emily Unrue’s first time and her horse walked under a mesquite tree with her on it and her face got scratched up. I am not a huge fan of horseback riding because I am not in complete control of the situation. The last time I rode one, I had a crazy biting horse that wanted to jump and trot and eat grass. I just can’t relax on a horse sadly.
Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s head got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going. 2 Samuel 18:9
It’s times like these when I wish my Bible had illustrations. Absalom is David’s son and his enemy. They are at war against one another. The war conveniently happens to be in the midst of a forest. Okay, here comes the analogy! Absalom is in rebelion against his father (Absalom=sin). Absalom is trying to take over David’s rule of Israel (Israel=you and me). Absalom’s mule walks under a tree and the war is over. So many times we think that our sin is this large powerful force in our lives and it actually has sway over us. Well, I think that God uses small things that don’t really matter in life, like tripping and falling, to bring us back to Him in that moment. They humble us, if you will. He makes our mule walk under a tree and we’re left hanging (by our heads- teehee) and we are completely exposed to Him. I think it is so important to recognize that God holds sway over Your life and that He wants to protect you from any sin that you cannot handle on your own. So, I now want you to all imagine Satan marching into your life. Now, I want you to see him hanging in a tree by his head. Does he seem so powerful anymore? I certainly hope not.