“Blessed are the πραΰς , for they shall inherit the earth.”Matthew 5:5 ESV
Eric Hatch pointed me to the following article, which provides a fascinating study.
I will note that war horses, and we, as followers with, our Shepherd were made for war.
“My anger is hot against the shepherds,Zechariah 10:3 ESV
“and I will punish the leaders;
“for the L-RD of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah,
“and will make them like his majestic steed in battle.”
A warhorse has to be poised. A war horse is a tank. A warhorse has to be able to handle all sorts of conflict and chaos and follow his rider’s instructions and lead and bit. A warhorse is powerful. And all of that power must be brought to bear and under control. When Paul writes the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23, contra the works of the HUMAN flesh, is a reference to the fruit that indwells and is cultivated in the human spiriti) is self-control. To have all that power under control, is to demonstrate meekness in the face of chaos.
This may not be your design, but this can become the result of plenty of training under the right rider. The right rider is in touch with his horse, and can direct them well and skillfully with a touch of the hair.
There are four types of touches in the world of horses, and this applies to humans. Get the analogy.
They are, in increasing order of severity, the touch that is felt in the hair, the touch that is felt in the skin, the touch that is felt in the muscle, and the touch that is felt in the bone.
Thanks to Joanna Lo for that analogy.
The L-rd works to handle us, as bruised, broken, and beaten as we may be, and as fright-filled as we may have grown over the years from woundedness and trauma, so that we respond to the hair touch. Gentle.
Be at peace, knowing at some point, as the L-rd gets you used to a gentle touch, He will send you into battle to liberate others.
Be willing to allow him to remove the shackles of woundedness from you.