An intriguing thought from the gospel of Luke

As I read the gospel accounts of Jesus I try to imagine the picture that is so often so sketchy. So many things left unsaid. No wonder the novelists try to fill in “the rest of the story.” It is fun to think how different individuals were part of later experiences and early church life. It is intriguing to think about what else went on and how people looked, thought and reacted. I know that we are told “enough”, but still it is hard to not try to guess what the scenes and thinking was behind the story we are given.

Today as I read Luke 19 I was intrigued by the story of the disciples going and getting the donkey for Jesus to ride.  One intriguing aspect about this story is I thought about the story last night from the other account even before I read it this morning in Luke. I can just imagine the disciples looking at each other and wondering how in the world did that owner know about this arrangement. How did Jesus get this together? There is indeed something spooky about our Master who knows and has things figured out and we thought we kept pretty good contact with him. He continually pulls things off and does things that we are overwhelmed by and beyond our understanding and ability to keep track of.

It is a lot like that with us, too, isn’t it? We think we know so much and have everything figured out — and when it is all said and done, we look back and see the tracks in our path, we marvel that when we thought he was missing in the picture, we can see his tracks all along. We had thought he was missing in the troubled picture, that he was as puzzled as we in the problem — and yet he was on top of the situation all the time.

I imagine that as they led the donkey back to the Master they were a little puzzled, if not overwhelmed by the reality that he was always a few steps ahead of them — and had a clear plan that they only realized as they looked back and saw it played out. It must have given them a boost in their confidence. It does me as I read the story and realize that he has a plan and a schedule that is far beyond my ability to figure out and I just need to trust and obey.

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