Donkey’s get a bad wrap. Their name is used interchangeably to describe stubbornness. Yet our Bible text shows us a young animal who has never been ridden and we see none of the classical stubbornness…
 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it.  And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”  And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go.  And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. (Mark 11:4-7 ESV)
Why? Did the donkey know he was fulfilling prophecy so he better shape up? Did they put a carrot out in front of him to coax him down the mountain? No. This created animal was overwhelmed by the Will and Plan of his Creator. Yes, Jesus is God The Son. Yes, Jesus is The Creator - ‘In The Beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God, and The Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.’(John 1:1-3)
When the Creator comes to town and any part of His creation is summoned to serve, it seems obvious that the result would be obedience and not stubborn-ness. Yet, there are animals that resist and buck against The Creator. Can you think of any? Yup. I do. Yup. You do. We humans may actually be more stubborn than a donkey. Jesus can say ‘Go ye therefore’ as a command yet we stubbornly see that as a nice but optional thing to consider doing when we feel like it. Jesus says ‘Love others as I have loved you’ yet we prefer to with-hold our love only for people who fit all our qualifications. Jesus says ‘Forgive others until you lose track how many times you have done it (70 x 7)’ yet we bear grudges.
You know what? I want to be like the donkey. I want to feel the Master’s touch and hear the Master’s command and I want to go and love and forgive. I am motivated as I read of this so-called stubborn animal. I bet I spend a ton of energy resisting. I wonder if I resisted less that I would have adequate energy to do the other things that I would like to do? Yup, time to be a donkey for The Lord!