I am Jonah
I want to serve God…..
as long as it is convenient.
I desire to do His will….
until it is a tad uncomfortable.
I want to hear His Word…..
as long as its message is one I'm supposed
to pass on to someone else.
I don't want to have my plans interrupted.
Oh yes, I am Jonah, and I suspect that in
one way or another, you are too. Taken from~ Priscilla Shirer (Jonah- Navigating A Life Interrupted)
I have been doing this Bible Study on Jonah and a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer. It is not by accident that God places in my hand's encouragement just at the right time. He has been doing this for me since I can remember. I was at one of those moments when life was comfortable. I am satisfied. I am happy. And out of the nowhere, the winds start to blow and my boat is rocking. My life has been interrupted.
In doing this Bible study I am learning in depth the surroundings of just why it was hard for Jonah to just go preach to those enemies in Nineveh. He had to sell his home~ his belongings~ leave behind all that he loved to go to people who were not only evil but they hated his people. It was a long way to travel to preach to his enemies. Can you give a little grace to our brother ?~ I sure have been. He had great wealth to leave behind. Yet ~ God interrupted his life and demanded him to go. I would say Jonah had no option ~ wouldn't you?
When I started this study a few weeks ago life was boring. I was at a crossroads and needed some direction. Just two weeks later God has thrown an interruption at me. ( Not exactly what I was praying for.) Jonah ran when God gave him his life's interruption. How well did that work?
My natural response is much like Jonah's response. RUN! So this morning I am praying~ seeking~ and listening. Where is this interruption going to take me? What am I going to be willing to leave behind? Is God asking me to leave behind all I know and love? I don't know but I know I am not going to run. I think I will learn from Jonah and just be willing to trust and obey whatever it is that He is asking me to do.
Trust in the with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
What interruptions has God placed in your life today ~ how will you respond?