This afternoon, I was suddenly reminded of this story in 1 Samuel 9-10.
Kish’s donkeys had strayed away and he instructed his son, Saul, to go out and find them. Saul obeyed his father’s instruction and went out together with 1 of the servants. They travelled over mountains and lands but could not find the donkeys. They travelled so much that Saul knew if he didn’t return back home, then his father would be sending people to start looking for him. However, the servant, who was with Saul, suggested that they should check with the ‘local church pastor’ first.
Then both of them travelled to the city where the pastor (Samuel) was. Unknown to the both of them, God had previously spoke to Samuel about their arrival and instructed Samuel to anoint Saul.
As Saul and the servant went before Samuel, Samuel assured them that the donkeys have been found and from there, he anointed Saul as king.
I am very encouraged by this story because we can actually learn a lot from it.
Firstly, obedience will take us to the place of opportunity.
Saul first obeyed his father’s instruction to go forth to look for the donkeys. He could have disobeyed and instead, stayed at home to play his Xbox or PS3 right?
Secondly, while Saul was chasing donkeys, God was actually preparing him to hit an intersection where opportunity is, at the right place and the right time.
Opportunity is not all about luck, it is a divine orchestration of events because God will always intervene and provide the best!
Thirdly, we can chase donkeys too.
Chasing donkeys is just fulfilling our everyday responsibilities to the best of our abilities. Some people miss their opportunity because they see it as work, but in our case, doing more work increases our opportunities.
Opportunity is hidden in the mundane.
Don’t stop chasing donkeys!