“After Jesus had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As He approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.'” Luke 19:28-31
I’ve been thinking about donkeys lately. Not because they’re a particularly appealing or attractive animal, and not because I’d necessarily want one for a pet. I’ve been thinking about Donkeys as a source of provision. (Okay, that probably doesn’t sound so good…I don’t mean to say that I would want to EAT a donkey, or get into SELLING donkeys.)
I’ve been thinking about donkeys because for some reason they were all over the place in the Bible. I did an online search on the keyword “donkey” in the Bible…and it was listed 142 times! And some of those references referred to more than one donkey… even SEVERAL donkeys. Now that’s a LOT of donkeys!
The interesting thing is, there always seemed to be a donkey “on hand” exactly when it was needed. Just like an important character in a play who doesn’t have a speaking part but shows up just on time in all the right scenes, the donkey is a faithful character throughout the Bible. (Well… there was ONE donkey who did have a “speaking part”… let’s not forget about him!)
More specifically, I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ donkey—the one He rode upon in his triumphal entry. Did you ever notice that this particular donkey was there RIGHT on TIME? If the disciples had gone any earlier, the donkey would not have been available. If they had come a little later, the donkey may have been gone. But when they came at the RIGHT time to the RIGHT place, the donkey was ready for them. Why? Because the LORD had need of it.
Sometimes we have a certain need or desire. We think we need it immediately…at this particular time and place in our lives. And when the “donkey” doesn’t show up when we think we need it or where we think it should be, we get upset at God! Why didn’t He provide WHAT we need WHEN we needed it? The answer is so clear, but often we fail to see it: God will supply our donkey IF He thinks we need it, when HE says we need it, and just WHERE He needs it to be.
When we were in the process of adopting our daughter, God always provided what we needed when we needed it. It was never there too early or too late, but always right on time.
When we first started the application process, I “somehow” received finances from a legal settlement that took place when I was sixteen (I’m… … …much older now!)...just enough for the application fee! A few months before we adopted, I was offered a job that would allow me to work at home, care for the baby and provide for a portion of our adoption expenses. God knew what I needed!
Two months after the baby was born, we had to go to court to finalize the adoption. We were already diligently paying off the costs of finalizing the adoption, and we would now have legal fees on top of it. With the responsibilities of a new baby, I knew I could not work any extra hours to cover the fees. And there were different needs at the church which we had contributed to, so we did not exactly have a surplus of money. But the DAY before our court visit, a check came in the mail for the EXACT amount of the court costs. And these are just a few of the stories of God’s faithful (and timely) provision during that season of our lives.
Now…your donkey might not come in the mail. It might not arrive on your doorstep, or even give you a phone call at just the right time. But it will be there just when you need it, and where you need it…IF the Lord thinks you need it. Jesus’ donkey was available “for such a time” as HE needed it… for the triumphal entry. This donkey had even been spoken of thousands of years before it arrived on the “set”…“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9).
If the donkey you seek is necessary for fulfilling God’s purposes and promises at such a time as this in your life, in your ministry, in your family, or in your work… then don’t worry! Your donkey will show up when you need it. Just walk close to God and tune your ears to His voice. Just as He instructed His disciples WHEN to go and WHERE to go and find the donkey, so He will instruct you. Don’t get mad that your donkey is not waiting for you when you think you need it. Be confident that your donkey will be waiting for you WHEN you need it, WHERE you need it…and IF you need it!