“Do you give the horse his strength or clothe his neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.” Job 39:19-24
This is how the beginning of the movie, Secretariat begins, quoting scripture.
The movie reflects how in life we are to follow our dreams, on the surface, but in my opinion, it is much deeper than just this simple saying. Yes, Penny Chenery gave up her career in order to be a housewife and a mother of four. She then, after the death of her parents, balances being both her role as wife and mother in Denver while trying to save her father’s farm in Virginia. By her balancing both of these roles, she is making a declaration of independence – this movie is taking place in the early 70’s – which makes her inspirational to other women, specifically to her daughters. However it is more to it than just Penny being an inspirational figure for women, it is about the horse.
Secretariat, also known by his real name, Big Red, came from the stud, Bold Ruler, and mare, Something Royal. Bold Ruler was known for his speed and produced nine Champions before Secretariat. Something Royal was an unplaced racehorse that became nothing more than a Broodmare. However, her father, Princequillo, was known for his endurance and is considered the best long-distance runner in American history.
In the movie, it tells how Penny’s father and Ogden Phipps (the richest man in the world, at that time) had made a deal, where Bold Ruler brooded two mares and when it was time for the mares to give birth they would flip a coin – the winner got to claim which foal they wanted. Ogden won the coin toss and chose his foal based on the immediate parents reputation, leaving Penny, her father incapable of getting out and doing anything at this point, with the foal coming from Something Royal. However, Penny had done her research on the bloodline and she was pleased with the outcome of the coin toss. She believed there was something handed down out of the legacy of the bloodline.
In the beginning of the book of Job it states, “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. … He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. …” (Job 1:1-3) It goes on to tell how Satan had been roaming the earth and so God offered Satan Job. The book of Job then goes on to tell us of how Job loses everything, EVERY.THING! Everyone is convinced that Job has sinned but Job pleads his innocence. He then, at the end of the book, questions God regarding his charges against him, in the typcial ‘why me’ fashion. The Lord answers Job and in doing so, the above scripture is quoted as being said to Job. However, the point is that Job remained faithful; he endured.
History tells us that the knights and kings and men of great valor rode their horses into battle and their horses became as legendary as they.
We’ve been told, as Christians, that we are adopted into the King’s family – we are no longer Gentiles but Jews. Isn’t that the case with Jesus? Was he not adopted? He came from Mary, who by all accounts was ‘unplaced’. The Bible gives no record of Mary’s bloodline. All it states is that Mary was highly favored and the Lord was with her. (Luke 1:26) It goes on to say that, the Holy Spirit was to come on her and the power of the Most High will overshadow her in order for her to conceive a virgin birth.
Jesus’ adopted father, Joseph, also known as his earthly father, came from the bloodline of David and David came from the bloodline of Jacob who was the son of Isaac who was the son of Abraham. While Jesus’ biological father was, IS, the father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, his adopted father was from the bloodline of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There are those that argue that if Jesus truly was not Josephs’ son then he cannot be the Messiah – I’m not here to debate such matters – clearly Jesus was indeed both biologically and adoptively from the bloodline of ‘I AM’.
What I wish to point out is that while we may be unplaced or the generation before us may have been unplaced, it is the legacy of our bloodline that endures the long distance. As far as I know, there is no legacy of the Christian faith in my bloodline, it begins with my family. However, my adoptive father transcends all that was and has the bloodline of a king, THE King. He sees something in me just as Penny saw in Big Red, the legacy of a bloodline – a child of a champion, who cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.
We’ve been sick in my house for the past few days. We’ve watched the movie, Secretariat, seven times. I know, extreme, if not ridiculous but… I find myself crying at the end every time. Big Red, Secretariat, not only wins the race but sets a world record in his winning, proving that he indeed inherited both the speed and the endurance of his bloodline. I wanted to like this movie because it was based on a true story, specifically a story that came out of my home state, yet I find myself loving this movie due to how it reflects that each of us come from something, even when others view us as coming from nothing. And to that I say, O HAPPY DAY!
Judging a book by its cover often leads to a missed opportunity. ~ Pj
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those that love him.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9