“Then the Lord gave the donkey the ability to speak. ‘What have I done to you that deserves your beating me three times?’ it asked Balaam.” (Numbers 22:28)
We are used to things talking these days, Satnavs and DVDs. It seems like only the animals are speechless. But here is a talking donkey.
It’s not a wise-cracking donkey who is over excitable, like Shrek’s donkey. But it is a talking donkey all the same and that struck me as notable.
Poor Balaam was only trying to do what he thought was the right thing, and trying to force the donkey to take him down the road. But the donkey knew what he had failed to see. The angel, sword drawn, standing in the way.
We need to pay attention to those around us, because sometimes they are telling us what we should know anyway. The blindingly obvious truth that’s right under our noses.