While deployed on active military duty in the Middle East, an opportunity to see the Bible in action presented itself—watching a man trying to ride a never ridden camel and being thrown. As those who read the Bible generally know, reading Scripture can give her or him new insight into a passage even though read many times before. Such was my experience while in the desert. As I read the passage: “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it to me.” (Mark 11: 2)
Being from Oklahoma and an area where donkeys, horses and mules are in abundance, breaking one of these animals can be a long and tedious job (it doesn’t happen in a few minutes as is viewed on television). A donkey, horse or mule who has never been ridden will bray, buck and spin in every effort to throw the person from its back. Yet the unbroken colt described in Mark’s Gospel was submissive and accepted the Master with no hint of struggle or violence when Jesus had need of his service to enter Jerusalem.
When I pondered over this passage just days before He was to die for our sins, I thought how often I and, my guess, all of us routinely fight and struggle with the Lord when He has need of me (us). Too tired—We argue we can’t listen to a daughter, son or a teen not our own when she or he has need of our care, comfort or leadership with a difficult issue in their life because we would rather eat pizza and watch a hot football game. Then we wonder why we lose our children or why they have a difficult time of life and living. Too busy—We argue when approached to serve on a Girl Scout Committee for the girls of our church or community. No skills or abilities for that—when asked to help work with a family who has experienced the death of a family member who was deeply loved. Or I really don’t know how to do that! Can’t you find someone who is smarter, more suited or capable than I am?
On and on, I can go like the stubborn camel, donkey, horse or mule that refuse to be broken and submit to the authority and need of the Master when He comes to call on me (us) for the abilities and skills He gave me (us) in the first place. Why can’t I (we) humbly and joyfully submit to Him and let Him use us as He needs? If I (we) are truly a Christian and His follower, we know that He will never ask of us anything beyond the abilities and skills He has lovingly given us.
Surely, if we try hard, we can do what He ask…just for this day!
Ummm---I think my face may be a tad red with embarrassment! Especially because I know that while I often do respond, I also often complain, whine, gripe, avoid, and----IGNORE a clear direction from Him! Praise God our salvation is not dependent upon our actions! Wonderful! Thanks! I feel like going out to slay the dragons now!