A Life Lesson from an Unlikely Source

A colt teaches a physician about life and death and accepting God's plan.

by - Posted on Oct 26, 2012

A young colt in a meadow.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. —Isaiah  55:8 (RSV)

As a physician, sometimes I learn about life and death from unexpected sources, but the last place I expected to find wisdom was from a scatterbrained, five-month-old colt named Duobs.

One morning, Duobs’ mother, an apparently healthy mare, suddenly dropped dead in the pasture. I was surprised to find her a few hours later because Duobs had not uttered a sound of protest.

A few weeks before, when temporarily separated from her, he had run along the fence, bleating like a lost sheep, banging against the rails to get back to his mother. But now he lay quietly beside her.

When I approached, he stood up, looked down at his mother’s still body and then trotted to me for the walk back to the barn.

Perhaps I am reading too much into it, but I saw respect, dignity, resignation without despair and a practical acceptance of God’s order of things in that little foal as he trotted away. He understood, perhaps better than I, God’s plan.

This devotional is excerpted from Guideposts Daily Planner 2013.

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