Speaking of stubborn animals…
The story of Balaam’s donkey found in Numbers 22 in the Bible can be a pretty funny one on its face. For the uninitiated, it has some weird elements: a group of Rambo Moabites, a stubborn donkey, an invisible threat, and a Master who sees things others don’t and talks to his animals as if they were answering back.
If you weren’t seeing things from Balaam’s perspective in the story, you’d think him nuts, insane; a crazy kook of a man.
We’re not always good at pegging the origins of our opposition, and we’re not always good at seeing what God’s doing in and through us.
When you read the “rest of the story” concerning Balaam, you begin to see that indecision and greed were two confusing factors for the seer. They can be problems for us too. The bigger issue though, is a matter of spiritual acuity. Are we seeing God for who he really is, or is our image of Him muddled and confused by the trappings of this world?
When things get confusing and we’re struggling to understand, that’s when its time to create a little white space in our lives. We need to add some margin. We need to reevaluate our priorities, and we may need to get quiet before God for a minute or two.
We can do anything for a minute or two, right?
Stop. Breathe. Ponder. Meditate.
God, “What’s going on here?”
Be still and know that He is God.
When your mind wanders gently move back to the task at hand-listening.
If a thought won’t leave, surrender it.
If a name has popped into your head, acknowledge it and say a quick prayer, then return.
Keep returning for that whole 60 seconds.
It’s just a minute, right?
In the beginning, as that new habit of meditation is forming, remember: it’s just one minute.
Today, let’s listen.
Wait. Agree. Obey.
It may be that you have an angel standing in your way, charged with protecting you from you.
Don’t beat the donkey that’s always faithfully served your needs.
Don’t resist the God who’s always loved you well.
Don’t push away the help that has been provided for you, sometimes by hurdles and frustrations.
How many tragic accidents on the highway have been avoided by batteries that were dead, tires that went flat, and starters that wouldn’t ignite? Maybe delays and frustrations are for our good.
When have you been frustrated in your plans, only to find it a blessing in the end? What do you hate most about waiting?