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Diggin’ In the Donkey Dung

“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19:10

This week-end I went to the my 40th High School Reunion out in Monahans, Texas.  It was a bittersweet experience for me.  It was good to see old friends I hadn’t seen in years.  But the walk down memory lane through the town was in some ways for me more like A Nightmare on Elm Street.  You see I didn’t come to know Christ until the middle of my senior year.  Before that I was a street kid and frankly wasn’t worth much at all.  So I had nearly 18 years of memories outside of Christ on those streets and only about four months of memories in Christ before I graduated and left.

On Friday afternoon those in our class of “72” who had been in choir gathered in the old choir room with Mr. Mills, our old choir director and told stories and he directed us through a few old choir pieces.  One of them was the beautiful four-part arrangement of The Lord Bless you and Keep You.   For me to have been in choir at all was a strange thing in itself.  It was only because a friend from elementary days encouraged me to try out my senior year.  We had been close friends in elementary school but later when I went completely South we didn’t see much of each other anymore.  But he, in an attempt to drag me out of the life I was in, encouraged me to get in choir.  He said its lots of fun and lots of girls.  That was enough convincing for me.  Little did I know that God would use that choir to bring me to the Savior.  It was in that choir that I connected with the friends who, along with their families, would love this street kid into the Kingdom of God on December 31, 1971.

As I visited with Mr. Mills that afternoon, who had retired years before, and thanked him for his part in it all he said, “You know James, your life proves the maxim that goes, “When you come across a pile of Donkey Dung, just dig deep enough and you’ll always find a donkey!”  Just keep digging till you find the donkey.  I knew what he meant about me being the donkey but it put me to thinking over that afternoon and night. What about the dung?  What was that?  And besides that, “Who dug through all of that dung to find this donkey?

The next morning was Sunday and about 40 of us gathered for our own little worship service where I led the worship with my guitar and one of those guys who had led me to Christ shared a short message.  All night long I had been pondering Mr. Mills’ statement and at the end of that service I stood up to share what had come to me about it.  I told them what Mr. Mills had said and then I said, “The thing that hit me is that it was none other than Jesus who was digging through all that donkey dung looking for the donkey that was me.  I was buried deep and hidden well.  How thankful I am that He had a big shovel and didn’t quit digging till He found me.”  The motto of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is “We always get our man.”  Jesus’ motto is “I always get my donkey.”  And He does.  No matter how much dung he has to dig through, Jesus always gets His donkey.

He told us that much didn’t he?  Luke 19:10 “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  You could translate that, “The Son man came to dig out donkeys covered up in a pile of donkey dung.”  You see we’re all buried beneath a pile of donkey dung called sin.  We all need a savior to get out the shovel and dig deep to find us.  That’s what Jesus does.  He digs in the donkey dung till he finds His donkey.  Thank you Lord Jesus for taking that shovel in your nail-scarred hands and digging down to this donkey.

James M. Reeves, DMin.

Senior Pastor, Celebration Fellowship

Author:  Refuge

Life Change for Couples

Website James@JamesmReeves.com

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