The film Heaven is for Real is a nice down home film. Nothing exciting or thrilling — no sex or violence — just a simple family story.
My son visited us from Georgia and we wanted to see a movie. As my son just happens to be a minister, the movie seemed appropriate. Also, since I am aging and my health is not that great, it was a comforting movie for me. But, surely the best part for me was when the child said “Jesus has a horse.” I mean, he could have said Jesus has a dog, or a dinosaur, or a flying dragon. No! He said Jesus has a horse. Well, that tells me I am on the right track. Like Jesus, I have a horse — in fact I have nine horses.
If you follow my blog, you know that all my horses are Thoroughbreds that race at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ and that they are currently at Sunray in Farmington, NM. I miss not having my horses close to home so on Saturday, I am going to Farmington to see how my equine kids are doing. Of course, I have a favorite, but they are all important to me.
I have two horses in particular that I plan to concentrate on this visit. Neither of these two boys are doing well. Sun Catcher seems to have had problems traveling and also has had some difficulty with the higher altitude. John’s Knight Out might actually be okay, but he was left at the gate his last race. It was the absolute worse start I have seen of any of our horses. So I hope to discuss this with our trainer, Drew Fulmer to see what if anything we can do.
But, back to my original thought about Jesus having a horse. A few years ago, we lost a horse right after a race. Valley Station crossed the finish line and dropped from a massive heart attack. He was young and it was very distressing. I know our trainer was overwhelmed. He had never had a horse die like that. There had been times in his 20+ year career that he had to have a horse put down, but to have one just die on the track was a devastating experience for him.
I remember talking to our trainer and telling him not to be sad because God loves horses and must have needed a thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Heaven. These were words of comfort to let the trainer know that we didn’t blame him for the loss. At that time, I really wasn’t fantasizing that Jesus had a horse or that there really were races in Heaven.
Now after seeing the movie Heaven is for Real, I know that I can plan to bet on Valley Station when I get to Heaven, or maybe I will have the opportunity to ride him or even be the jockey!!
These might seem like silly thoughts but who really knows what we have to look forward to. I know there must be something beyond the unknown. In my youth, I became disillusioned with organized religion like so many others. I only know that I have to be the best that I can be and to treat everyone the way I would like to be treated. Yes, I believe in a higher power, but I don’t have an outrageous need for institutions. I do know that being in the barn with my horses is like Heaven to me. It is generally peaceful and calm; a good time for inner reflection. My horses and I are happy — what more could I ask for? Oh maybe a win now and then to cover the bills.