Balaam and the Ass 1626 by Rembrandt
"...ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee." (Job 12:7-10)
Recently, I was led to an amazing Biblical account of a talking ass.
In Numbers 22:21-34, Balaam, a pagan prophet, was riding his donkey on a mission to see a king who wanted him to curse Israel. The donkey stops when she sees one of God's Angels wielding a sword, blocking their way. Crouching down, refusing to move forward, Balaam's temper flares and he prods the donkey three times with a stick.
Then God opened the mouth of the donkey, and it spoke. "What have I done to you that you have beaten me three times?"
What happens next is surprising. Balaam answers the animal, and the two have a debate!
When the angel is finally revealed to Balaam. He gets down on his knees, begging for forgiveness. The angel of the Lord tells Balaam if it weren't for his donkey, he would have perished by the sword, but his ass would have been saved. In the end, Balaam took instruction from the angel and obediently proceeded on his mission to do the will of God.
More stubborn than a donkey, this account reminded me of times when my strong-willed ego blindly tries to force her way forward without the benefit of seeing the big picture. The lesson here is to pray and seek guidance within, and then obediently follow instruction.
Enjoy your day with the Angels.