Just Passin’ Through

Just Passin’ Through by Brad Curtis comes from his book of Christian cowboy poems, He Holds the Reigns. If you’d like to read more of his poems here on the blog, how about The Last Ranch Revival, the story of Jonah or Cowboy in Snakeskin Boots about Ol Devil Red, Satan, and The Northern Drive about Jesus leaving to prepare our home in heaven.

Just Passin’ Through

Ridin’ through the valley

Along came ol’ Devil Red

When he spoke to me

Never turned my head


Just kept on ridin’

That valley had an end

As for Devil Red

Well, he weren’t no friend


He rode up beside me

Chatterin’ in my ear

Gave my horse some iron

He had nothin’ I needed to hear


Then he rode by

On his horse black as night

Stopped up ahead

Yep, he was lookin’ for a fight


His eyes were bloodshot

When he spoke it smelled like death

Smoke from his nostrils

It all took my breath


He said, Cowboy, I have an offer

One I think you’ll take

I shouted back

Doubt it, you ol’ sorry snake


He said, Hear me out

your soul I want to buy

Sell it to me

Or stay in this valley and die


That’s when I pulled up

Looked around the place

Thought for a minute

With a smile on my face


Said, Red you’re crazy

Yep, you’ve lost your mind

I may be in the valley

But I sure ain’t blind


This valley has an end

I’m just passin’ through

Yep, I’m ridin’ out

That’s more than I can say for you


Plus as for my soul

Well, it’s not mine

It’s been bought and paid for

Ol’ Red I’ll be just fine


So you better move

‘Cause I’m comin’ through

I’m ridin’ with Jesus

And He’s already defeated you


So I gave my horse some iron

Rode over to ol’ Devil Red

Left him in the valley

With a hoof print in his head

For those of us who claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are just passing through this world on our way to our heavenly home that Jesus is preparing for us. While in this world, Satan, ol’ Devil Red, will come at us. It’s guaranteed. He’ll chatter in our ear, accuse, condemn, and try to get us to question God’s goodness.

Satan is a liar. In fact, the Bible says he is the father of lies. He wants those of us who Christ bought with his precious blood to follow him. He doesn’t want us to shine our lights for Christ in the darkness.

Ol’ Devil Red is defeated. Christ defeated Satan at the cross. Jesus crushed the serpent’s head. Satan has no power to keep those God calls his own in a valley with him, unless we let him. 

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 Then the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live.  And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:14-15 (NLT)

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