Riley gets upset when his playmates pick him last for their games. When Grandpa hears about the problem, he asks, “Riley, have you ever heard about the donkey who carried a king?”
Davey was a young donkey who was bored and unhappy because he was never given anything to do. Then one day, some strangers came to the gate–and Davey’s master picked him for a very special task. Davey carried the King, Jesus, into Jerusalem. Afterward, Davey felt proud of himself and believed he should do only special jobs. But Davey’s master put him to work doing ordinary things. That made Davey grumpy.
A few days later, Davey saw something terrible–some angry people were making the King carry a heavy beam of wood. Davey could not understand it, but another donkey, old Barnabas, helped him see that the King was being a Servant. After that, Davey made up his mind to do every task without grumbling.
Through his story, Grandpa helps Riley see what Jesus was really carrying on that terrible day.