Hope you’re having an awesome, praise-filled day and a heart-full of hope because…it’s almost Palm Sunday! It’s almost Easter Sunday! It’s the season of hope!
It’s hope season!
I love Palm Sunday! Just the thought of soooo many people yelling…praising!...”hosanna-ing”! All because they wanted Jesus to be their King! And they wanted Him to rule over them! I wonder what it must have been like on that day!
It didn’t last very long, though.
By the end of the week, so many of them…so many of the same ones…were yelling, “We don’t want Him any more! No! We don’t want You any more!”
One of the gladdest days in the history of the world and the saddest day .of all time only had five days between them.
With Tina in California this week, I'm taking care of all the critters 'round here. And I always realize in times like these, that I like goats less than I thought I did, but our ol' dog Capt'n Marshmellow more than I thought I did. I mean, how could you not?! He's always so calm, peace-filled, content…’til one of us gets home! Then, it's “goin’ crazy-time”!
“Hey! Hey! So excited to see you! Hey! (Don’t remember your name) Hey! You’re my best friend! Will you pat my head? Huh?! Will ya!? Huh?! Huh!? Hey! I live to be with you! Me! You! Hey!”
Sometimes I’ve wondered, “Father, why can’t I be more like that with you? Content. Filled with peace. And just so happy to be with You! Make me like Capt'n!”
Wow. Just re-read that…Can't believe I really said it.
Y’know, I think that being discontent with how it is, and wanting everything to be instantly better, instead of having that doggone peace and contentment, is what turned the hearts of the people of Jerusalem from yelling, “Hosanna!” to yelling, “Give us Barabbas instead of Him!”
I think it was that heart that says, “We want results! We want to see things change around here…NOW! If You don’t do what we expect and make stuff better…and quick!...we won’t like You any more!”
That’s why I’ve got another four-legged role model this Palm Sunday week… the donkey!
“They went and found a donkey colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway…They untied it… When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!” (Mark 11)
Poor li’l dude! Tied up…stuck…roped to a door! Until Jesus wanted him! They untied him! He was free! Even with Jesus sitting on him! Being sat on had never happened to him before and usually they’re not too happy about it! But he didn’t care! It was because of Jesus that he was untied and free! “He can ride on me anywhere! I’ll carry Him all day!”
In Job, God said, "Who let the donkey go free? Who untied his ropes? I gave him the wasteland as his home, the salt flats as his habitat. He laughs at the commotion in the town…” (39.5-7)
That donkey doesn’t care where he lives! Even if home’s in the salt flats! He’s content no matter what! He laughs all day! Even if everyone else is running around stressed out in the town, he’s just happy! He’s just happy God let him be free!”
Because of the King, you’re free! You’re not tied up or tied down, no matter where He has you! Even if you feel “sat on”! Kick up your heels! Or your hooves!
Try to be like a donkey today! It’s harder than you think!