“Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went off with the noblemen from Moab. … When the donkey saw the angel blocking the road and brandishing a sword, she veered off the road into the ditch. Balaam beat the donkey and got her back on the road. Numbers 22:21, 23
This scripture always makes me laugh. The donkey had three visits by an angel and all three times Balaam beat the poor animal. God gave the donkey the ability to speak, and she said to Balaam: “What have I ever done to you that you have beaten me these three times?” …. And, then she said to Balaam, “Am I not your trusty donkey on whom you’ve ridden for years right up until now? Have I done anything like this to you before?” Balaam said, “No.” Then God revealed the angel to Balaam, and Balaam understood the talking donkey had been protecting him.
On a recent visit with my daughter’s family, we watched the movie, “A Dog’s Purpose” –narrated by the star of the show—Bailey the dog. It was a delightful story that made me laugh and at times a bit sad. I won’t tell you the story, because anyone who loves dogs will enjoy this movie.
I wish my dog Daisy could talk like the donkey. She might enlighten me as to why she doesn’t want to sleep in her crate anymore or what kind of dog food she will eat.
Lord, help us be obedient to you at all times. Amen.