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12.21.2021 – The “Unexpected” Donkey

With all of this talk of donkeys in my life these days…

I have become intrigued about their biblical and symbolic significance and meaning.

But let me back up…

“Why donkeys?”

“Why now?”

I still honestly have no idea.

All I know is that one day, I suddenly discovered a desire within me to raise a donkey, a desire to get to know this animal that God created.

And it really doesn’t make a lot of sense.

It’s not like I don’t have enough things to do in my life.

It’s not like I don’t have enough animal companions.

It’s not like I have a ton of extra time and money to spend on getting set up for donkeys to live here.

So I have to wonder if maybe God has something in store…

I have to wonder

if maybe there are some things that God is wanting to teach me.

Because He so often teaches me through helping me to see a deeper depth of meaning within the symbols of His creation.

And He makes it so easy

“…and there it is…”

I’m so thankful for that, because sometimes I have an easy time of accidentally complicating things.

But He simplifies.

As I read through some of the scriptures that mention donkeys, I have to wonder why God decided they should be mentioned, you know?

And I have to ponder…

“Why did God choose a donkey for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem on, and not a horse?”

“Why did God choose a young, inexperienced donkey and not an old pro?”

“Why did God make the donkey such a highlight, such an important detail, within the prophecies of Isaiah 62:11, and Zechariah 9:9?”

“All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

‘Tell the daughter of Zion,

Behold your King is coming to you,

Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,

A colt, the foal of a donkey.'”—Matthew 21:4-5

I love how this young donkey is “unexpected” in a huge way…

the unexpected choice, one might assume…

But God chose this “available” young donkey to be the bearer—the carrier—of God’s presence into Jerusalem.

Think about it.

God doesn’t need an “old pro”…to carry out His work.

He desires an unexpected, available little donkey.

And it’s just the same with each one of us.

And I’m so thankful. 💖

One of the things that love about the design of a donkey

is the cross upon its back…

Now, isn’t that something?

I don’t think that was coincidence. 💝☀️✝️

Thank You, Father, for the beautiful way that You draw us to Your heart. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for all that You have done, that we might know You, that we might know our Heavenly Father, that we might know this beautiful One who created us with great intention, and for great purpose. 🌷☀️

-Heather 🌺

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