On Donkey Detail
A Story “On Donkey Detail”
Mark 11:1-4 (ESV) Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it.
The disciples had been following Jesus for these 3 years now. They’ve heard him speak of a “kingdom,” and being the “spiritual” men they were, they were already jockeying for position in this “kingdom.”
The news is spreading that Jesus is coming to Jerusalem, and it is causing quite a stir. There was already a large crowd gathered in the city for The Passover Feast. When they heard Jesus was coming, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” (Save us now!). This was looking pretty good. It looked like everyone was coming out to meet Jesus and His disciples were going to be right there with him. They were seeing opportunities.
They are only a couple of miles away and can hear the noise of the crowd drifting on the breezes. The excitement was continuing to build when Jesus turns to them and says, “Go over to Bethpage on our way down. You will find a donkey there with its mother. Untie them and bring them to me” (Matthew 21:2).
Seriously?! We’ve got to interrupt this moment with a stinky, stubborn donkey? After 3 years of faithfully following, listening, learning we get sent ON DONKEY DETAIL? Are you kidding me?
Have you ever felt that way?
- You see others that seem to succeed at everything while you are stuck in the menial tasks.
- You’re a mom changing dirty diapers, or trying to find a place hidden away to feed your child while you watch the woman who has become the corporate executive, or the news commentator perfectly made up and dressed to the nines, every hair in place, so articulate.
- You trying to make it up the corporate ladder, and you find yourself still serving, doing the work no one else wants to do, but they keep asking because they know you’ll do it and do it with excellence.
- You telling your own stories in your head right now.
WELL, listen to this…Hundreds of years before that day a prophet spoke…
Zechariah 9:9 (NIV) “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
All four Gospel writers recorded this event. There are few events in Jesus life that are in all four Gospels. “DONKEY DETAIL” suddenly became very important taking care of a DETAIL so that a prophecy was being fulfilled to the LAST DETAIL. REMEMBER, God is in the details. A donkey, but not just a donkey, one that was still with its mother and never ridden.
This was not just ANY DAY either…REMEMBER, this was a day that had been predicted 483 years before…to the exact day. While the disciples were getting a donkey, putting their coats on it for Jesus to sit on, and scooping poop behind them while the crowds cheered, they were also part of bringing to pass a major prophetic moment. The crowd has no clue, maybe the disciples had no clue, BUT GOD KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS HAPPENING. “Donkey Detail” often becomes a sacred moment.
PRAYER: Jesus, forgive me for complaining about being “on donkey detail.” Help me see the sanctity of these moments and be filled to overflowing with gratitude for being allowed to be part of them. AMEN.