This was painted at the River Church of OC during worship this morning. This painting is just a portion of an image I got that contained three horses. One was black, the middle one brown and the one in the forefront was red… but then it was white… but then it was both red and white. This confused me for days. I searched the bible for references to three horses wanting the image I had to fit into scripture as my confirmation, my release to go ahead and paint that image. Everything I kept finding referring to horses did not quite fit in with what I felt the Lord was asking me to paint. Faith and obedience to the images He shows me is absolutely a huge part of this whole process. I understand that I don’t have to understand it completely, but I do have to trust that these are His images. But this was different in that the image I saw was not necessarily a positive, feel good message. Horses are referenced in the book of Revelations and it has “End Times” vibe all over it. Frankly I didn’t want to go there. Not because I don’t have faith in my Savior, but because I’m not the “hard” word kind of girl. I like to convey images/messages that are uplifting, hope giving, inspirational subjects. I feared this might not be one of those messages. There is so much end times banter out there. “Repent NOW or go to hell”…I have to say this? Really? I could not… wouldn’t know how to even do that. I just… I don’t know what to do with that type of message and yet, here I was for the last couple of weeks having this same image repeated in my mind. I continued to pray and ask, and ask again with very little revelation on what all that actually meant.
A few days ago, early in the morning during another prayer session asking the Lord what the horses meant, He said the black horse was called “Strife”, the brown horse was called “Hardship” and the red/white horse was called “Redemption”. The white/red horse was His horse. The red being the blood with which our redemption was paid for. His blood. He purchased our redemption with His blood. The white, His mercy upon us. His grace upon us.
Really, it’s just that simple 🙂 And so we have the horse called “Redemption”. Strife and hardship may be with us in these “End Times” as they have always been in this fallen world. However, they are rendered irrelevant in the wake of our Mighty Savior on His white horse. Jesus. I love you Jesus. And I love that it is all about You.