Breaking the Routine
As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built (Luke 6: 47-48).
We all talk to ourselves, well, some more than others. Whether it’s to process our own thoughts or because we like the sound of our own voice, we all do it at some point. We even bestow human attributes on our pets when we talk to them, acting as though they not only understand us, but sometimes expecting an answer. We know they can’t talk, but there’s a crazy sort of therapy in talking to pets. We would be shocked beyond belief if a pet actually answered us. It’s out of the question. But God uses incidents that are totally out of the question to stop us dead in our tracks and get our undivided attention.
God was angry with Balaam for visiting the princes of Moab. So, He sent an angel to block his path. Balaam didn’t see the angel, but his donkey did. First she pressed against one side to avoid the angel, crushing Balaam’s leg. When that didn’t work, she laid down in the road and refused to budge. Whatever the donkey did, the angel remained invisible to Balaam. The idiocy of his donkey’s actions angered Balaam so much that he beat the animal.
Exasperated, the donkey spoke to Balaam. Donkeys don’t speak; everyone knows that. But this one spoke, and a full-blown conversation ensued between Balaam and his mount. At last, God opened his eyes, and Balaam saw the angel that was blocking their way. He will use anything or anyone at any time or anywhere—as ludicrous at it might seem—to get our attention.
The next time you’re stopped dead in your tracks by an unseen obstruction and are frustrated by yet another blind delay, pause. God may have placed something or someone in your pathway to humble you and open your eyes to what’s ahead.
Take a break out of your daily routine to seek out God.