The great Henry Ford once said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” That concept is difficult for us to understand in a world that has never not known automobiles. But we read about a world (there may even be a few souls left who remember one) in which the quality of your horse or horses determined the quality of your journey. Knowing a better way now, it seems silly to yearn for yesteryear.
We have limited knowledge of what is in our best interests. And the vision of one with more knowledge than we can be frightening. We might prefer to stay where we are than go where he is taking us. But when we embrace the greater reality, we come to realize how foolish we were to resist for so long.
If it is true for transportation, it is far more so for life itself. When Jesus offers to turn our world upside-down, we likely will balk. The promise of Matthew 11:28-30 sounds intriguing, but stepping away from everything we have ever known and loved (Matthew 16:25) terrifies us. Being incapable of sharing God’s vision grounds us in a reality that need not be.
But when we have enough faith to embrace what we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1), and we immerse ourselves — both literally and figuratively — in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:27), we come to realize what a wonderful bargain we have struck. Or we can reject faith and keep hoping to get more performance out of the same old horse. Not much of a choice, is it?