Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Have you ever heard a really long joke with a lame punchline? Oh I have! The storyline goes on and on and on… and on. Then comes the final sentence, the one that wraps it all up. “That’s it?” You can almost hear the air deflate out of the tires and the the trombone playing, “wah, wah, wah, waaaaah.” Doesn’t that just drive you crazy? You get all sucked in for an anti-climactic moment.
I wonder what Zechariah 9:9 did to the people who heard it. Rejoice! Shout! Here come your king!!!! He is righteous! He will come with salvation! (Oh, here it comes – he is going to come riding in on a white horse, dressed in shining armor and a sword in his hand. I just know it.) Yes he will come with salvation but will be gentle and compassionate. And he will come riding on… a donkey. Wah, wah, wah, waaaaaah. Oh boy. Didn’t see that one coming. A donkey?
Jesus didn’t come the way they expected Him to, did He? They were looking for a king wiser than Solomon and a warrior stronger than Samson. They were looking for a man of God with faith stronger than Abraham and courage greater than Joshua. But you know what? He was all those things; it’s just that He didn’t need to flex all those muscles. He came on a lowly donkey because He would save the world by lowering Himself and serving it. He would give new life by laying down His own. And they didn’t see it coming.
It’s true isn’t it, that God often comes to us in ways we don’t expect. But just because it’s not what we expected doesn’t mean He didn’t come. We need to rest in the fact that His ways are perfect – even when we didn’t see it coming.
*Are you missing what God is doing in your life because it doesn’t look like what you thought it would?