Some of Kish’s donkeys got lost. Kish said to his son, “Saul, take one of the servants with you and go look for the donkeys.” 1 Samuel 9:3
Saul and his servant head off in search of the donkeys. They look close by, circle out wider and wider, high and low, pass through a few towns, but they come up empty handed. Saul is about to call it a day when his offsider tells him about Sam, a prophet of God with a good reputation for being spot on with his prophecies. Soon they’re searching for Sam to ask if he knows where the donkeys are (1 Sam 9:6).
God has already teed Sam up about Saul: “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel.” (1 Sam 9:15) While Saul was frustrated and about ready to hightail it home, God had the whole thing timed and planned, including the lost donkeys, just so Saul would end up in the right place at the right time.
As soon as Sam lays eyes on Saul, God said, “There he is – he’s the one.”
Sam says to Saul, “Your donkeys have been found and [oh by the way] God has chosen you to be the King of Israel.”
Saul thought he was out looking for lost donkeys but God was sending him to be anointed as Israel’s king! After this divine meeting, God changed Saul’s heart (1 Sam 10:9). Saul came in looking for donkeys. He went out believing he was going to be king.
I smile as I imagine God blowing the railing down on the donkeys’ yards; see Him leading those donkeys away by their noses to the best hiding place ever. Could your ‘lost donkeys’ be leading you to a greater purpose in God?
Father, help me to see if my ‘lost donkeys’ are part of Your bigger plan for my life. You work behind the scenes so that I’ll be in the right place at the right time. Change my heart so that I’m looking and living for Your kingdom purposes, not just for lost donkeys… In Jesus’ name, Amen.