The other evening my roommate and I watched a video that was sent to her through e-mail. It was a bunch of the Clydesdale Budweiser Commercials compiled into one video. They made both of us smile and laugh.
There was one commercial that stood out to me from the rest. This one featured a baby Clydesdale, who saw the Budweiser cart for the first time. He walked over to the front of the cart where the harnesses were hanging. The baby put his head through the harness – it was huge on him. Then with the dreams of a youngster the baby horse began to walk forward with the hopes of pulling the cart.
The other horses and farm animals watched as he struggled to get the cart to move even an inch. Then, with a great video shot, you saw the cart begin to move ever so slightly. The now encouraged baby Clydesdale strained in the harness struggling to get the cart to move yet another inch. Suddenly, the momentum picked up. The camera panned wider to show the cart beginning to move forward at a steady pace. As the end of the cart came into view, one saw the real reason for the carts forward motion. Two full grown Clydesdales pushing the cart with their heads.
This commercial really touched my heart. It brought back memories of all the times when I’d embarked on “impossible” adventures and succeeded primarily because of the people who helped along the way. Often times, I didn’t even know that they had helped me until after the fact. These people had quietly lent a hand when I was at my most intense time of struggle. They are my unsung heroes!
I then realized that the same was even more true for the Lord.
As I look back at all the times when things “miraculously” turned around in a situation or those times when I escaped a terrible situation unscathed, I can now see the Lord’s hand at work.
The baby Clydesdale had the dream of being able to pull the Budweiser Cart. In faith, he slipped his head through the harness, and then took the first step to move the cart. It wasn’t until he took the first step that the cart moved. Albeit, it moved because of the grown Clydesdales pushing it, but if the baby hadn’t made the first move nothing would have happened.
It is when we step out in faith, partnering with God, that our carts begin to move forward. Our circumstances might appear impossible to us, but nothing is impossible when we have God pushing our cart forward. He wants us to succeed at the endeavors that He has placed in our paths. And He will help us every step of the way!
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
Matthew 19:26 (NLT)