What animal does the Bible say Mary rode while heading towards Bethlehem?
Easy trivia….but look it up and prove it. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Are you surprised? How can the donkey not be there? That is what we all picture and believe to have happened!
The idea that Mary rode to Bethlehem on a donkey comes from speculation and assumptions. People do it all the time and it is dangerous. Consider these thoughts held by many to be true: “God helps those who help themselves”, “wives must obey their husbands”, and “God will never give us more than we can handle.”
Sure, if Mary didn’t walk she probably rode in on a donkey but we are never told that. We assume that. Assuming anything when it comes to God or the Christian life can be a dangerous thing.
Take heed of what you assume. Chances are, something, somewhere, has falsely crept in and it will make an ass of you if you stand dogmatically on it. Maybe not in the nativity story, but when bigger ideas are wielded as if they were the sword itself it will always cause damage somewhere. Remember that every time you see a donkey under Mary this season. Remember to recognize and differentiate between assumption and truth.