Don’t Beat a Balking Donkey
“What is it going to take before they realize?”
After sharing a pretty shocking fact I discovered on facebook, of course, with my husband, he responded with that question. I didn’t understand the question in light of the situation. It was a shocking situation to us. We would have never thought the individuals involved capable of something like that. We don’t know the whole story and won’t place blame on any party, but regardless of who or what set the events into motion, sin was at the dead center of it.
In a very short amount of time this was the second, if not third, situation evolving out of one larger community. A community very proud of their conservative Christian beliefs.
Yesterday I came across a news article that reminded me of that conversation.
“…God is going to put (H)is hand on you and (H)e is going to sit you down.”
It’s the same thing my husband was getting at with his question a while back.
I read that news article and I was heartbroken for that mother. A mother who knew her child as not only who she was but who see had the potential to be. A mother who knew her daughter needed help and tried to provide guidance and rules. A mother who understood that even with all that in place her baby was not a puppet on a string.
At sixteen we knew it all, didn’t we? Our parents had no clue what life was like for us. Their education didn’t compare to what we had already been taught. Their choices in life were nothing like the choices we had available. They didn’t know pressure like we knew pressure. Right?
I work with teenagers all day every day. And come home to two of my own after work. They think the same things about their parents. And I remind myself, my husband, and many others that we have to let them experience it for themselves. If we start dictating, they’ll do the opposite of what we say just to prove us wrong. Unfortunately, that may lead to them proving us right.
So, what does that have to do with us today? What’s it going to take?
I wonder how often God goes through this with each of us. As adults.
But God told Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed!”The next morning Balaam got up and told Balak’s officials, “Go on home! The lord will not let me go with you.” Numbers 22:12-13 NLT
Then Balak tried again. This time he sent a larger number of even more distinguished officials than those he had sent the first time. Numbers 22:15
But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the lord my God. But stay here one more night, and I will see if the lord has anything else to say to me.”That night God came to Balaam and told him, “Since these men have come for you, get up and go with them. But do only what I tell you to do.” Numbers 22:18-20
God will go to some great lengths to get our attention.