Matthew 21:1-9 tells the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey just before His death. In verse 8-9, we are told that when the people Jerusalem saw Him they:
“spread their clothes on the road… cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. [They also] cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’”
The branches that the people used were from palm trees- hence the reason why we celebrate this day as “Palm Sunday”.
Often, when I’ve heard this story told from the point of view of the donkey, one of the things that’s brought up is how lucky she was to have carried Jesus (yes, according to Matthew 21:2, the donkey was female).
But, if I’m honest, when I read it I started thinking about the fact that:
As much as carrying Jesus could have been considered the epitome of her donkey career- He was still a weight
Her greatest success was also a great burden and so-
It costs to have a calling on your life
I was also able to extract 5 lessons that she teaches us, as modern women, about how to handle this effectively. I shared all of this and more on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.