How Great the Love of Wildheart
by Judith Johnson Kypta
Shanna was sitting on the edge of her bed, arms resting on her legs; her head drooped down in deep thought. She was so perplexed, as she sat staring at the diamond pattern of her bedroom carpet. Being offered the new position that she had applied for in the city, was making her a little apprehensive. She wasn't sure about leaving the only place she had ever known as home. She had been on her own since her parents were killed in a plane crash several years back.
What she dreaded most, was the thought of leaving Wildheart, her beloved pony. Shanna gave her that name because she loved running wild and free along their property, which spanned for many miles.
Shanna was present at Wildheart’s birth, and they bonded almost, immediately. One might say that Shanna and Wildheart grew up together as "Best Friends" spending hours together galloping along the country side. Yes . . . There definitely was a special love and respect for each other. Shanna knew she would miss their long rides and closeness as they shared the wonders of nature.
After considering everything, Shanna felt she should accept the job. She made a decision to keep her home and hire someone to tend to Wildheart. After all she could come back to check the house and visit with her beloved Wildheart.
It was Sunday, the day before leaving for the city and her new job. Shanna decided to take Wildheart for a long ride, and savor the memory. As they trotted along, Shanna leaned forward, and spoke softly, telling Wildheart how she was going away, and how she would miss her very much, and that she would come back to see her often. It seemed her beloved pony understood every word she spoke. Wildheart’s stride was so carefree and confident, and Shanna could sense the contentment in her. Wildheart held her head high as she trotted along. A beautiful sight as she carried her beloved mistress through the fields. They were as wild and free as the breeze . . . Shanna was immensely happy that she afforded this time, before saying goodbye to Wildheart. Riding along they came to a familiar clearing, where Shanna decided to stop and enjoy the serene beauty of the day. There was a stream nearby where Shanna sometimes would stop and refresh herself, while Wildheart would enjoy a cool drink of water.
As Wildheart was drinking, Shanna was preparing to sit awhile, and enjoy the beautiful scenery, just then; Shanna heard a sound that brought panic to her heart immediately!
To the right of Shanna was a Rattlesnake. Wildheart had heard it also! Shanna froze, and told Wildheart to stay still! As the rattler slithered closer to Shanna, Wildheart reared high on her hind legs and began to circle around Shanna to protect her. Shanna was mortified; when she found her voice she called "Wildheart, Wildheart, No, Noooooo!" Shanna's cried did not stop her. She would protect her mistress with her life. She sensed the danger that surrounded Shanna. All of a sudden the Rattler struck. Shanna screamed, while Wildheart kept trampling the snake. She picked it up in her mouth and bit and tossed and trampled it till it was dead. But it had struck Wildheart repeatedly, till it had released all its venom. Shanna's mind was whirling as she kept repeating "Oh, No! Oh! Oh No! Not my Wildheart!" Shanna tore the scarf from her neck, and hurriedly went to the stream and doused it into the water. Running back to her beloved horse, she wiped Wildheart's eyes with the wet scarf, and tried to wring water into her quivering mouth. Wildheart tried getting up several times, and Shanna kept trying to calm her. Wildheart seemed to understand as her mistress kept talking soothingly and looking into her eyes. Shanna told her how brave she was, to have fought the snake to save her life, and how she would always love, and never forget her brave and loving Wildheart. Slowly Wildheart settled, as if accepting her fate and Shanna sat sobbing, and hugging her dear friend who was so quickly taken from her with the poison venom from the rattlers fangs! Her wonderful, beautiful, and free spirited Wildheart . . . Was gone! Wildheart, who had so much love for Shanna . . . So freely, gave her life, so that her beloved mistress would be saved from death.
This little story reminds me of another situation where a Life was given to save someone. I am speaking of Jesus who gave His life for everyone that has ever lived or ever will live.
He was the perfect sacrifice that God demanded as payment for our sins!
The scriptures say: He gave His life willingly for us.
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
But have eternal life. For God so loved the world,
That he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
Believeth in him should not perish, but have
Everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the
World to condemn the world; but that the world
Through him might be saved. He that believeth
With him is not condemned: but he that believeth
Not is condemned already, because he has
Not believed in the name of the only begotten
Son of God.
John 10: 17 and 18 the bible says,
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay
down my life, that I might take it again. No man
taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have
power to lay it down, and I have power to take it
again. This commandment have I received of my
So we see that He gave His life FREELY!
And again in
John 15:13 Jesus said,
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friends.
I would say He loves us more than we can
imagine...He went to the cross willingly for
you, and for me...Yes that is what this
story reminds me of...A Life that was given for
another, because of His great Love...
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