Footsteps in Faith: Friends act as guides during moments of uncertainty

| June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Philip Jeon
307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 311th Signal Command



Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice, and the God of peace will be with you.
— Philippians 4: 8-9

There is a field with two horses in it.

From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse, but if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse’s halter is a small bell. It lets the blind horse know where the other horse is, so he can follow. This helping horse is called “Seeing Buddy.”

As you stand and watch these two horses, you’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell, and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back, making sure the blind friend isn’t too far behind.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

In the Army, we have recognized this need, and therefore, we identify fellow Soldiers to the right and left of us as our “Battle Buddy.”

And in this sense, sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times, we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.

Good friends are like that … you may not always see them, but you know they are always there. Please listen for my bell, and I’ll listen for yours. And remember, be kinder than necessary; everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

How many horses with bells and how many blind horses have you identified? How helpful are you to your “Battle Buddy,” and how have you been helped by your “Battle Buddy?”

What part do you play?

“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly. Leave the rest to God!”

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