Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chasing Donkeys

Building One Another - Vol 12 No 22
Dear Friend,
There is a fascinating story in the Old Testament. A man’s donkeys wander off and he sends his son and another young man to find them. The donkeys wander this way and that and the young men nearly give up. The young man says, “There is a man of God in this town; he is a man held in honor. Whatever he says always comes true. I have some money to pay him.”
Meanwhile, the Lord spoke to Samuel the prophet and said, “I am sending you the future king of Israel.” See I Samuel 9.
I was reading that story one morning and found it fascinating to realize that what from a human perspective were some rambling donkeys and wandering boys was from God’s perspective the formal “sending” of the future king of Israel!
This speaks to me. We do our best to make wise decisions in life with the “mind of Christ" (I Corinthians 2:16) and seek to discern the will of God as we work our way through the many confusing situations in life.
We do that knowing our Lord always has his loving steering hand involved in where we are and what we are to be about.  If God can do it with rambling donkeys and wandering boys he can do it with you! 
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28*
I find that rather freeing. Make the best decisions you can while trusting in the wisdom of wise people and of scripture. Know that regardless of what you decide to do that the Lord who loves you will never leave you, will always guide, uphold, and sustain you. Always!
With joy - E. Stanley OttCopyright 2013 E. Stanley Ott*Scripture from the NRSV