This is a sampling of the book I currently have in progress, called "Jesus & Horses: A Devotional for Horse Lovers" -
Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or to the left; remove your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:27-28 NKJV)
Horses do not naturally go in straight lines. They tend to weave to the left and right as they move, like any wild prey animal. Even when they follow a well worn path created by other wild animals, you should notice that the path is rarely ever straight. This is a survival characteristic among prey animals.
When a rider first begins to train a horse, she has to teach the horse to go straight. With gentle nudges between her leg and hand, the horse slowly begins to learn his boundaries. Some horses need a great deal of coaxing to learn straightness. Some will even require spurs to become more sensitive.
A well trained horse is a straight horse.
Humans are much the same way. We wander and become easily distracted, rarely going in a straight line. But if we listen to God’s gentle nudges, we too can learn to go straight. God, like a rider, may have to use increasingly hard “nudges” to get our attention. But He is a kind trainer who wants us to become sensitive to the smallest cue. I pray that we remain sensitive to His gentleness, so He will not need to bring out His spurs.