The Horse and His Boy is probably the Chronicle of Narnia that I am the least familiar with, but I have been through it a few times. It begins as a story of a boy named Shasta on the run with Bree the talking horse.
Shasta didn’t know how to ride a horse when the story began, so Bree had to teach him how to ride. It is interesting when you think about a horse teaching a human how to ride a horse. Bree also made it very clear that he was the one in charge of this adventure. He had Shasta put on his reins for appearances, but he told them that he was never to touch them.
“’Ordinarily they are for directing me,’ replied the Horse. ‘But as I intend to do all the directing on this journey, you’ll please keep your hands to yourself.’”
Shasta had never met a talking horse before from the free land of Narnia. He was shocked when Bree first spoke to him, but he quickly transitioned to trusting the strategic planning of an animal who had been traditionally looked down upon in his culture.
Shasta doesn’t really argue. He heard a good plan from Bree, and he was willing to go along with the plan to hopefully deliver them to Narnia.
However, think about the situation that Shasta was in. He had just heard the man he thought was his father try to sell him as a slave to Bree’s owner. The alternatives were rather few. He could stay around and see what happened in the morning, or he could cast his lot with a horse he had never met before to have some chance at freedom.
I think about this in our own lives. When we get into a tight situation, there are sometimes choices we have to make that we never would have considered at other times. Shasta had never tried to run away from home before. Even though his home life was not good, it seems that it took a particularly extreme experience to push him to the point of running away.
I think this is why God allows us to have trials in our lives. When we get into situations that we cannot handle ourselves, we need to trust someone to help us out. Even if we have kept God in the back of our minds for years, we all can get pushed to a point where we have to trust someone that we never thought we could.
The bottom line is that every one of us has a breaking point, and there are things that we need to do that are simply overwhelming. It might take a while for us to reach that point, but when we do, there are really two choices. We can sink into captivity, or we can put our faith into one who has a roadmap to freedom.
 CS Lewis, “The Horse and His Boy” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 4425-4426, Kindle Edition.