Chasing Donkeys

Photo of two donkeys (Equus asinus) in Italy.

Credit: Daniel Molin (D.K.D.)

Have you ever gone looking for one thing, but ended up finding something entirely different? We do some volunteer work and in doing so meet our husband.   The cookies we really wanted in the vending machine are sold out and the one we have to take ends up being our new favorite.  Saul had a story like that.

Saul’s father sent him and a servant boy to bring back donkeys that had strayed.

After three days of fruitless searching, a frustrated Saul wanted to return home. However, the young servant suggested they first visit the Prophet Samuel in hopes of getting information about the lost donkeys.

The day before Saul came there, the Lord had revealed to Samuel that Saul would come to him and that Samuel was to anoint this man as King over all of Israel.

This assigned task of chasing donkeys may have seemed beneath Saul’s heritage but Saul was faithful to follow through.  God had arranged it all perfectly for Saul to became king of Israel.

Sometimes though this is what happens in our life with God. He put us on a path chasing donkeys  and end up on a new direction in our life. It’s like the car trip where we head north for awhile, but end up going straight east to reach our destination.

We discover our gifts, talents and abilities along the way, however, all of these are already in conception in the mind of God before we were born.

When our talents and abilities meet human needs, therein lies our purpose. Therefore obedience is very important because it will lead us to the place of opportunity. Obey, as each step of obedience takes us closer to God’s purpose for us.

  • Michael Dell, a Freshman in college needing to pay for college started buying and selling surplus computer parts. He advertised them in magazines and soon was making $80,000 month! He dropped out of college in April of his Freshman year. This college dropout made $6 million in his first year of business.
  • The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond living on a ranch in Oklahoma was blogging to share pictures of her kids with family and friends. She ended up with a huge fan base. She has now written cookbooks, has a  show on the Food network and a movie is being made of her life.
  • The Woman at the Well  went to get water (something she did all the time) but she had a life changing experience when she met the Lord there. Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of her testimony. ‘He told me everything I ever did.’ 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.

Many opportunities come disguised as PROBLEMS. When problems do come don’t stand around, whistling,  with your hands in your pockets and kicking stones and waiting for miracles to happen. Miracles do happen and you may have Faith that God will help you, but remember, “Faith without works is dead”!  So, quit standing there waiting. Do something starting with asking the Lord what He wants you to do!

Opportunity is not luck or chance; it is Divine Destiny. Each step of obedience leads us to the place of opportunity and brings us closer to God’s purpose for us. God will use the talents and abilities of the faithful to reveal His purpose for our lives.

Chasing donkeys is simply doing what we can and ought to do in life, and God will prepare the rest in order for us to come to the point of opportunity.

You don’t always know  find the donkeys and may return home empty handed but every time your heart is open, you will find the King.  You may be faithful in doing some assigned task,  that doesn’t seem to “pan out”.  However, while Saul did not complete the task of finding the donkeys as he had set out to do it ended well.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (KJV Cambridge edition)

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3 Responses to Chasing Donkeys

  1. Anon says:

    What about the story of Susan Boyle “The Woman Who Silenced Simon Cowell “,

    Susan Boyle’s singing career was launched overnight when she performed on Britain’s Got Talent and showcased her incredible voice.

    Susan was deprived of oxygen at birth long enough to cause mild brain damage, creating learning disabilities. Targeted by bullies,she was often mocked, and called “Simple Susie” Yet Boyle persisted with music. Recognizing her talent, teachers encouraged her to continue performing at school, but she graduated with few academic qualifications.

    She audition for a televised talent show popular in the United Kingdom but was rejected. She continued to sing at church. After her father’s death, Boyle put her big dreams on hold to care for her ailing mother. Bridget Boyle supported her daughter’s talent, encouraging her by telling her that she should enter Britain’s Got Talent. ”

    When Susan’s sister Kathleen died Susan turned to her music for solace. Then in 2007, Boyle’s mother passed away and a crushed Susan refused to sing devoting her time to volunteering with the elderly at her local church, and rarely thought of singing.

    But in August of 2008, Boyle’s singing coach urged her to tryout for the television talent show Britain’s Got Talent. Convinced that the performance would be a final tribute to her mother, Boyle auditioned, performing a rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables on the first round of the show, which was watched by over 10 million viewers when it aired on April 11, 2009.

    The performance stunned the audience and cynical judges, including American Idol producer Simon Cowell. Boyle’s performance was widely reported, and the clip became the most watched video on YouTube.

    Susan’s first album, I Dreamed a Dream (2009) was released in November 2009. It was a huge hit, selling over a million copies in six weeks, and topping charts in the United States and United Kingdom.

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