The Day a Donkey Saved My Life…

Rejection is a hard pill to swallow for just about everyone I would presume.  Fear of rejection can stop even an extremely confident person from ever exploring uncharted waters in their life.  Rejection can be painful and it can take a shot at our ego and self-esteem.  Little by little, constant refusals can chip away at our self-esteem and make our will to push forward slowly diminish.


I believe there will come a day in every persons life that desires to achieve something great, that they will have to face this fact of life called REJECTION head on!  That day came for me not to long ago and I decided I would embrace rejection in my life rather than dread it.  We must take solace in knowing that YES, rejection can be a tool that God uses to build our faith and patience, but even more so it is a tool that God uses to REDIRECT us when we get off course.

There is a story in the Bible in the book of Numbers 22 about a man Balaam.  Balaam was believed to have the ability to bless or curse people.  One day as he was riding his donkey on an important journey, an angel of the Lord carrying a sword, blocked the road. Three times Balaam tried to kick the donkey, and three times the donkey refused to move, seeing the danger ahead.   Just when he’d had enough, the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth and he said, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?  Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” Numbers 22:28, 30 NIV.  Despite consistent requests and threats to keep it moving or else, the donkey who was carrying him could see the angel standing there but Balaam could not.  At that moment the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the angel.  In an instant he came to realize that the donkey’s rejection of his request to move forward had actually saved his life!

  • Have you ever been held up in traffic when you really needed to get a meeting or event?  Maybe that hold up caused you to miss that opportunity indefinitely. 
  • Could it be that you desire to start a new business but you keep experiencing rejection from the banks for a loan? 
  • Maybe you keep applying for colleges that you have wanted to attend your entire life but after all the applications you put in, all you have received are denial letters?
  • Or possibly a relationship that started off good, turned sour and you experienced rejection.  You are still left with questions as to why it didn’t work out even though it was going so well in the beginning?  

There are times when we cannot see why God may be holding up a project or an endeavor from moving forward.   But just like the donkey in this story, God is carrying us on our journey and He can ultimately see things that are ahead of us when we can’t.

Look at REJECTION as God’s DIVINE REDIRECTION!  God could be saving your life…

Question:  What “donkeys” in your life are you kicking? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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Rachel L. Proctor

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  • I love this occurance in the Bible! I have never, however, considered this angle! Very encouraging!!