Have you ever felt like someone just kept throwing “dirt” at you? Kerryn explains how you can use this to become more of the person God desires you to be, as God raises us up out of any pit.
“He led me to a place of safety; He rescued me because He delights in me” (Psalm 18:19).
Some days I feel smothered by the problems that hit from every side!
There’s a story about a donkey that has encouraged me many times, in difficult situations. I’ve read it in countless versions, as the original author is unknown. Here’s my rendition of it.
Once upon a time there was a donkey. It had loyally served the farmer, despite it’s stubborn and persistent nature. The donkey was getting older, weaker, clumsier and more ill.
One night the donkey was stumbling clumsily around and fell. . . not the normal fall. This time he fell a long way and couldn’t work out what was wrong, bumping his nose whichever way he turned. He brayed loudly for the farmer to hear, but he couldn’t see him or hear him.
“Why wasn’t he coming?” he thought. He brayed even more loudly, with all his strength.
The farmer had heard him, and so had the neighbors, who came to see if they could help. They knew the challenge ahead of them. The donkey had stumbled into an old, unused well, which was dry, but very deep. Nothing was going to work to release the donkey, without injuring it terribly.
Soon the braying stopped, so they decided to fill in the well with dirt. Their shovel loads of dirt were flung down onto the donkey’s back. It felt cold and uncomfortable, so he shook the awful stuff off. As soon as one load was shaken off, more came and more. His stubborn and persistent nature meant that he shook and shook it off and stomped his hooves with frustration. The donkey’s energy was waning, but still he shook that awful dirt off and stomped his hooves down.
The farmer and his mates were tired, but relieved that the dead donkey would soon be buried and the old well filled in safely with dirt.
Suddenly they noticed something strange! They could see ears and movement in the well. The donkey had been stomping each shovel full of dirt under it’s hooves, lifting him higher and higher, until he could be easily pulled out to safety.
What a special story of how the attacks of illness can be used to raise us up. Just like the dirt raised the donkey up, God raises us up using e “dirt” that is thrown our way.
Psalm 3:3: “But You are a shield around me, O Lord; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
Prayer: Lord, when I feel like the “dirt of illness” is becoming uncomfortable, help me to remember that You rescue me and delight in me. Thank You that You bestow glory on me, lift up my head and raise me up. I praise You Lord! Amen.
About the Author
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illness. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
How has this story encouraged you? What section of the story speaks to you most and why? How do you shake off the “dirt of illness” and stomp it under foot? Have you seen How God raises up the worst of circumstances?
Here is the story of the donkey in the well on video if you’d like to see it and listen to the peaceful music.