donkey-guy

So for Sabbath worship tomorrow, I am doing the children’s story during the main worship and after wracking my brain on what story to deliver, I settled on this one.  Numbers 22; also read http://www.whiteestate.org/books/pp/pp40.html

I think this would be a lovely story for my kiddies and I’m planning to make it interactive and as I can’t find a donkey at this late hour for a show and tell, I am hoping my kids would know what a donkey is or else, I’ll be braying my brains out…

Seriously tho ! this is a story to prove a point how sometimes we focus and have a tunnel vision and become oblivious to what God is saying and how sometimes we deliberately ignore His still small voice…

Life is bigger than having fashionable clothes or designer shoes. It’s bigger than the new iPhone or a TV you can see from space. It’s bigger than your crush who doesn’t know you exist or your inability to achieve something. What’s important to you ? Do you see the bigger picture, or are you too focused on the small things that block your line of sight ?

Numbers 22 speaks of Balaam traveling down a narrow path with a wall up either side, riding on a donkey. Balaam was a prophet and so he had a direct line with God. After being told by God that Balaam was not to curse Israelites as they are blessed and that “unless” the moabites come to take him to Balak, Balaam was not to go, Balaam hurried to go and meet up with Balak (Moabites didn’t show); and what’s worse, Balaam KNEW that even if he curse Israelites, nothing would happen as they were under the protection of God.

As Balaam was hurrying to meet his stupid self, an angel stands on the path in front of the donkey, and the donkey sees the angel and out of fear, turns to one side, crushing Balaam’s foot against the wall in the process. Balaam, out of anger, strikes the donkey with his staff. He doesn’t see the angel, and while it’s never said, his anger and his determination to arrive at his destination are the reasons why he isn’t able to see the angel, and that is why God uses his donkey to teach him a lesson. God opens donkey’s mouth to talk to Balaam and Balaam, note this, has fallen so far down in his stupidity, he doesn’t even pause to think how come a donkey is talking to me and so, he chats away with the donkey. Sometimes, we need donkeys to talk to us… and so sometimes God sends donkeys to talk to us…

It can be easy to let things take our focus, and we find that these things can block our vision so that we may not see the things God is trying to show us. It’s a good idea, sometimes, to take a step back from the little things that we make into mountains in front of us, and look around them to see what else there is that we could be missing. If we don’t, we could be in for an embarrassing wake up call from God, when God has to get our attention.

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