I have never been so relaxed the night before a dressage show. I suppose it makes sense; tension seldom goes hand in hand with either worship or dancing.
I still care too much about scores. But this week’s dressage rides have been… something other. Some of them were still the run-of-the-mill awful. But as we went on, there was an upward incline, towards the light. I focused less. I laughed more. I turned my Jesus music up loud and sang along. Judging by the swing under the saddle, the horses? I think they liked it.
I still worry a bit. There will be a judge out there who’ll eventually tell me that Arwen and I don’t belong in Elementary. And they won’t be wrong. But we’re not here to belong.
We’re here to dance.
Arwen’s goals: ride the tests from memory without too much trouble. Get a grading point or two (55% or more). Attempt to avoid setting the judge’s box on fire.
Thunder, on the other hand, has been feeling amazing, technique-wise. The stretchy trot wasn’t that hotshot this week, but his canter is about a thousand times better.
Thunder’s goals: show an improvement in his scores (last time 66% for the same tests). Subject to baby brain falling out of his ears, of course.
Firn’s goals: show the fruit of the Spirit. By my fruits I will be known.
Show love to the horses and the people.
Revel in the joy of a God-given day, even if it collapses into perfect chaos, as they tend to do. Let it be a joyful dance, a praise to His Name.
Be at peace with the fact that we’re not perfect and neither is anyone else.
Be longsuffering – be patient – with the horses, students, grooms, and fellow competitors.
Be gentle. Let each aid be as soft as possible, every word as kind and polite as can be managed.
Be good; treat fellow competitors justly, be good about the warmup arena rules, don’t push for a ride time that’d suit better.
Have a little faith. God’s got this.
Employ meekness; submit to parents, judges, marshalls, and the needs of others; surrender every breath of the day to God.
Have temperance – self-control – and don’t allow negative emotions to become negative actions when they arise (they will).
Tomorrow and every day, so help me God.
I can’t wait.
Glory to the King.