This photo shows a herd of wild donkeys roaming free in Custer State Park in South Dakota. As you look at the picture, imagine this is a herd of donkeys belonging to Kish, the father of Saul in the Old Testament. Also, imagine the setting as being in Israel which I think probably looks very much like what you're looking at in the picture above. The story I'm going to relate appears in I Samuel 9-10.
Here's the amazing thing: God scattered those donkeys at just the right time to cause Saul to frantically search for three days so that he would arrive at this particular town on this afternoon to meet Samuel who had been instructed by God to wait here for Saul. On top of that, the people in the town were seated and waiting for the guest of honor to arrive at the feast -- that guest was Saul -- who, by the way, would also be anointed as the first king of Israel! And all this happened without Saul having the least knowledge that all these events were being orchestrated that would totally change his life.
And what about the herd of donkeys? Samuel told Saul, "As for the donkeys you lost three days ago do not worry about them; they have been found." The missing donkeys had done their job and they were back at the ranch chowing down on hay.
I am thankful for this story where we can so clearly watch the hand of God in action. The reminder that God is in control of every breath we take is loud and clear. He who keeps the planets spinning and the sun shining at just the right distance, also watches over every step we take and gently nudges circumstances to create His plan for our lives. What a blessing to rest in His almighty, loving plan.