Krista Lynn Campbell

the horse rider

As the chickens strutted around our feet, we introduced ourselves to the mother and her three sons. Jorge,  (pronounced Hor-hay) was enrolled in the local Compassion project. Under the warm Mexican sun, our lives intertwined as we listened, prayed, and enjoyed their chickens, turkeys, and Jorge’s pet turtle.

Through our interpreter, Jorge shared his dream to be a horse rider. We questioned if he meant a jockey. No, a horse rider or cowboy (vaquero). Life atop a horse appealed to this young man.

When asked about his experience at the Compassion project, Jorge ran and returned with his Bible. His name printed in large letters down its spine.

With his permission, we circled verses. We took Jorge’s Bible in our hands and recalled verses of love, hope, and second chances. Ink around Holy Words that carried us through challenges and tough times.

Tammy, a California sweetheart, shared 2 Corinthians 5:7, For we live by faith, not by sight. Her childhood engrained in her, “If you can’t see, you can’t believe. Not true these days as I follow the Lord. It is an amazing verse for me.”

Bronwyn, my author-friend from Arizona, circled the twelfth chapter of Romans. “For me, that chapter began a life-changing turn in my life.”

My pen landed at Romans 15:13, my life verse. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” A hope-infused verse I claimed during dark days when tears flowed often. I signed my name and added, Jesus te ama (Jesus loves you).

We poured ourselves onto the thin pages. Our stories written in the Book filled with His Story.

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

The ink-marked verses stand as reminders for Jorge. Visual reminders of a Sunday morning when strangers visited his family and his pet turtle. And circled words highlighted God’s love for a little horse rider.

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