Imagine the scene on that spring day! A lone Rider crested the hill, His entourage walking beside. The crowds gathered, throwing cloaks, palm fronds, or other garments along the way as he drew closer to them. Shouts of “Hosanna” split the ears of those in attendance. Yet, one remained unnoticed and undeterred: the donkey.
What might he have thought? How might he have felt as he paraded through a corridor
lined on both sides by exuberant onlookers focused like a laser on the majesty just above his head: the Messiah-King he bore?
In spite of the hoopla surrounding him, his mission was clear: obey the direction of his Rider. Follow His lead and remain undistracted.
We can learn a lot from this donkey. I recently heard my pastor speak of how we, too, should be like this donkey. We might imagine the donkey looking down to the ground and seeing all the items he was stepping on. His head not lifted high, as if to take the spotlight, but rather buried near the ground as he strode forward, step by step, in the direction of his Rider’s destination.
You see, the donkey was not the focal point of this event. The donkey garnered no attention, nor was he cheered. What mattered was who he carried. Believers in Christ must bear that same attitude of humility, remembering that the focus is not on us. Rather all attention, all praise, and all focus must remain on the One we carry, the One we lift high, the One we bring to others as we journey through life. We must walk undistracted and in submission to the will of our Lord and Master who we bear. We Christians should relish this attitude: “I’m just the donkey.”
Truthfully, the heart of the disciple of Christ readily draws the attention on Christ, pointing others to the rightful focal point that all should see. We must seek no glory, nor any recognition. We must simply embrace our calling to carry our Lord to others so they can look upon Him and worship Him. We should merely obey our Master’s leading and follow His direction.
What an inspiring way to see ourselves in comparison to the King we bring. May we all joyfully proclaim, “I’m just the donkey.”