28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead. He was going up to Jerusalem. 29 He approached Bethphage and Bethany. The hill there was called the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent out two of his disciples. He said to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a donkey’s colt tied up. No one has ever ridden it. Untie it and bring it here. 31 Someone may ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ If so, say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 32 Those who were sent ahead went and found the young donkey. It was there just as Jesus had told them. 33 They were untying the colt when its owners came. The owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 Then the disciples brought the colt to Jesus. They threw their coats on the young donkey and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their coats on the road. 37 Jesus came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives. There the whole crowd of disciples began to praise God with joy. In loud voices they praised him for all the miracles they had seen. They shouted, 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:26) “May there be peace and glory in the highest heaven!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd spoke to Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, “tell your disciples to stop!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
This is a bit of a wacky story. Can you imagine stealing someone else’s horse just because someone you trust told you too? Can you imagine the horse owners watching you and being OK with it? Can you imagine walking along with a bunch of friends and just breaking into shouting and celebrating as you walked along the road?
I think I would have really struggled to participate. But being with Jesus made it possible for all of the apostles to do things they probably had never imagined. How awesome to be with someone like that, someone that helps you to move outside of your comfort zone with confidence! We can have that too.
Lord God thank You that You have big plans, big specific plans, plans that are not what we might imagine but which are for our good and plans that You need us to be involved in for them to happen. Help us to trust You and to be willing to play our part in Your plans.
Written by Therese Manning