Jonah is an interesting guy. He fled from God, (this makes me laugh since there’s nowhere you can go to hide from God. Lol) got on a boat, caused a storm because he disobeyed, and ended up in the belly of a huge fish. Then he repents so God gets him to shore safely. On to Ninevah he goes. He warns the sinful people to change their ways and to live for God…and they listened! Jonah saved thousands of people! It’s time to rejoice…right?
Sometimes when we are called to go, it feels easier, better, safer to stay or even run the other way. But you can’t hide from God. He sees you. He sees the good, the bad, and the ugly. There’s nothing you can say or do to make Him love you less.
Sometimes when we are called to go, we go…reluctantly. Jonah finally went but I get the sense his heart wasn’t in it. And he was certainly shocked when they obeyed. In Jonah 4:2 he says to God, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord , when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.”
To me this sounds like, ” I told You so, God. Why did I waste my time? I knew you were compassionate so why did it take me to come here and preach to them? Were you even planning to do what You said You would?”
When God does things in our lives, that aren’t what WE think is best, it’s easy to get upset and ask God why. Why did you let this happen? Why didn’t that work out the way I wanted it to? Why can’t it work out MY way?
Sister, your way is sometimes IN your way. Your way looks good but God has something GREAT for you! If you go when He says Go you won’t regret it! Jonah saw the beauty in what happened but questioned God’s way of getting there. Maybe it seemed much easier to Jonah for God to send a warning flair to Ninevah. Maybe God should have yelled down from Heaven and said, “Stop that right now!”. It certainly would have saved Jonah the hassle of going a long way out of his way. But if God is willing to use Jonah, to use us, shouldn’t we be thankful?
Going is not easy, especially when it’s hard to see the benefit to you. But maybe it’s not about you. God has a much bigger purpose that we can’t see yet. I want to chase that purpose with a grateful heart. Even if it doesn’t quite make sense…to me.
Dear God, please help me to go willingly where you send me. Help me to not run in the other direction or be reluctant to Your call. I know you have plans for me as the Bible says. You know what’s coming and what is truly best for me. Please help me to trust You. Thank you for using me and trusting me with Your plan. Amen.