When his donkey fell into an empty well, a surprised farmer didn’t know what to do.
Frightened, the donkey went berserk and brayed wildly—as the farmer scratched his head and tried to figure out a way to rescue his trapped animal.
Dumbfounded, the farmer couldn’t see how to lift his donkey out of the hole. So—he decided to bury him and started shoveling dirt into the well.
Immediately, the donkey saw what was happening and brayed louder and louder. After a while, the scared donkey stopped braying, but the farmer kept tossing dirt into the well.
Tired and sweaty—the farmer stopped, took out a kerchief and wiped his face. He looked down into the well and saw his donkey. He couldn’t believe it. Apparently, every time he shoveled dirt into the well, the donkey shook it off and took a step up—and then another and another.
Amazed and relieved, the farmer started shoveling again—and didn’t stop until the well was full of dirt. It wasn’t long before his donkey stepped out of the well and ran off into the pasture.
Sometimes, when we get stuck in a tight spot—and can’t see any way out—we start “hee-hawing” and complaining about our situation.
With a sigh, we mutter, “Not again—not now. Oh God, why me? I don’t understand—and I don’t need one more thing going wrong!”
That’s precisely the moment when we should think and act like that wise donkey.
We should step up, shake off and step out—physically, mentally, relationally and spiritually. That’s one sure-fire way to get unstuck.
The farmer’s donkey fell into an empty well—and couldn’t get out by himself. He needed help.
Like knuckleheads—we often do the same thing. We stumble and fall. We get into trouble. We get stuck in the muck of life.
When we get stuck, what helps us get unstuck?
Getting perspective—not losing it. Looking up—not down. Trusting God—not ourselves. Stepping up and out—not staying down and out.
No matter what’s happening, we can trust God’s promise: “If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24).
God is holding you. You’re secure in his grip. He’ll never let go—even when you stumble badly.
So—next time you get stuck, relax and focus on how you can get unstuck with God’s help!
- The Donkey Philosophy (stepehendarorionlivingbetter.wordpress.com)
- “Shake It Off” (vishwaarch.wordpress.com)
- A Donkey and a Powerful Lesson (camtaylor.net)