Reading Solomon Rides a Mule by Jane Landreth

Solomon Rides a Mule

Nap time around the Kellogg home is normally easy breezy. Like clockwork, at about 12:30 each afternoon, the yawns begin then shortly after I’m picking up little people and carrying them off to bed. I can’t attest to that these last past several days. I don’t know if it’s something in the breakfast pancake batter, something in the water or what! Getting them down for some afternoon rest has been like pulling teeth all week long. However, when my babies buck the system, routine that is, mommy always has a trick up her sleeve. Capitalizing on their love for books, I’ve resorted to reading them an additional story at nap time to get them down. Today’s story was the kids version of the 1 Kings 1:33 story; Solomon to be made king. If you’re not familiar with this passage of story, King David becomes stricken with old age and must appoint an heir to his throne. He decides on his son Solomon and makes a request to the prophet Nathan to cause Solomon to ride upon his mule to his appointment to become king. What struck me about this cute little story was this passage,

A mule has two different parents. Its father is a donkey, and its mother is a horse…

Of course the mule’s description goes further in detail, but about three or four different revelations hit me immediately when I read this. First off, although they favor, horses and donkeys are two entirely different species with different make ups. They even have different chromosomes. Who would match the two? 

A little history on The Horse…

The Stallion

The horse is one of two extant (non-extinct) subspecies of the wild horse (They’re Die-Hards). It is a mammal with hooves belonging to the Equidae (extinct) family with 64 chromosomes (Breeders; Family oriented). Horses are prey animals with a strong fight-or-flight response (They’re survivors). Horses are herd animals, with a clear hierarchy of rank, led by a dominant individual, usually a mare (They’re teachable). They are also social creatures that are able to form companionship ‘attachments’ to their own species and to other animals (Marriage matters). Horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down. In an adaptation from life in the wild, horses are able to enter light sleep by using a “stay apparatus” in their legs, allowing them to doze without collapsing. Its instincts are to keep a constant eye out for danger (They’re protectors). Wiki

The Donkey…

The Donkey

The donkey or ass, is of the Equidae family but stems from its wild ancestor The African Wild Ass. It’s domesticated (Praise Him!). Donkeys have a notorious reputation for stubbornness, but this has been attributed to a much stronger sense of “self-preservation” than exhibited by horses (Loyalty). Because of its strong prey instinct, it is considerably more difficult to force or frighten a donkey into doing something it perceives to be dangerous for whatever reason (Wisdom). Once a person has earned their confidence they can be willing and companionable partners and very dependable in work (Faithful Leaders). Wiki

Just why the heck am I giving you all of this information? Well, if you haven’t already figured it out, one day, if you’re not already active in it, you’re going to choose a mate. And although all of us look to be of the same species, the person who’s designed for you may not be hanging out in the same barn. In layman’s, who you’re praying for is mostly based off of superficial ideology; shared views, opinions, and things you’re exposed to. But who God has designed for you is based on a supernatural plan He’s laid out for the both of you. The average woman often says, “I’m praying for a man who’s faithful and has a job”. What she’s really hoping for is a man who’s wealthy, good-looking and likes to keep his love at home. The average man says, “All I need is a woman who can cook and give me a family”. What he’s really praying for is a woman who isn’t ugly, doesn’t have a bunch of kids, and possibly has a terrific figure.

While these are not necessarily bad aspirations, because you have to start somewhere, God does not mold your future based off of your perceptions. God wants to compliment your life with someone who has a vision in Him, someone, who like the horse, has instinctive qualities. He wants to bring balance to your life by partnering you with someone who can not only lead you but also cultivate the leader in you. For the women, you’re boaz might not be a stallion. He might be the ass sitting three rows down from you at church who’s not even close to sexy and consistently gets on your nerves by walking you to your car every time he sees you and offering to carry your things along the way. You see him as the blocker – the one getting in the way of the man you have an idea of.  God sees him as your loyal leader. The man who’s going to help you birth forth your mule, your strength, your sure vision. For the man, she may not be the fairest mare in the choir stand, but she’s loyal, she knows how to survive through the hard times, she’s teachable and she’s marriage material.

Sometimes the odd ones are the best ones…

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