For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
We realized our experience and frustration prepared us to better appreciate, value and understand the Lord's timing and direction. Ultimately, what we appreciated all the more, was how the Lord opened the door to our very own riding companion! Yes, we literally saw our new Quarter Horse, Dixie, once a week for several months without even understanding how the Lord was working it all out. Every time we went for our horsemanship studies, there she was, a beautiful buckskin mare playing with her friend 'Raisin' and her foal; under the watchful eye of her stud son, 'Cooper'. She was the neighbor's horse we often admired for her beauty and regularly called to; often learning little tidbits of her history and watching the herd dynamic with admiration. She had lived at Hannah's place before they bought it, raised by a diligent student of horse genetics that passed away a few years back. Dixie was the lone remaining horse, from a herd that had been dispersed shortly after her move to keep 'Raisin' company, because a health issue had caused problems with long term care of her former owners' many animals. We certainly knew more about her than any other horse we considered for purchase.
A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9