Words from the Heart for Monday February 11th, 2019
When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
Numbers 22:27-28 (NIV)
Back in December 2017, a raccoon brought the Toronto Subway system to a halt. A subway train in Canada came to a sudden halt after a small raccoon wandered onto the tracks. An announcer informed passengers the train was delayed because a raccoon had made its way onto the subway tracks and they didn’t want “”to run him over.”” The raccoon eventually made its way onto the platform where special constables managed to capture it and place it, appropriately enough, in a trashcan in the TTC’s Bloor Station offices. No wonder Toronto has been nicknamed Raccoon City.
We human beings like going our own way. We make plans and press forward with them, wanting our own way. This can even be the case for the follower of Jesus who steps out in disobedience to God’s revealed will for our lives. If we think we can get away with this, we can learn a lesson from a donkey. This is what Numbers 22:27-28 says: “When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” This is one of those stories that Sunday School children love so much. You just don’t run into a talking donkey every day. Balaam had set off on his own, in opposition to God’s will. So God sent an angel to stop him. Balaam didn’t see the angel, but the donkey did, and every time the angel stood to block Balaam’s way, the donkey stopped. If you are willfully disobeying the Lord, expect roadblocks and heed them!
These have been words from the heart.