“I knew you were sheer grace and mercy, not easily angered, rich in love, and ready at the drop of a hat to turn your plans of punishment into a program of forgiveness!” Jonah 4:2
Jonah’s story makes a good Twitter entry: Jonah flees God’s plea, boards a ship–waves toss him over, spends three days in a fish’s belly. He’s ejected and goes to Nineveh after all.
After all he went through, Jonah was angry and he pouted. He felt he was damned if he didn’t follow God’s plea ]and damned if it did. From all he had suffered, Jonah felt God had forgiven the city full of wicked people without considering his feelings and would have preferred God at least punish them severely—how about a plague or severe drought.
Jonah’s story reminds me that God calls people to follow him and to remember the end results are in his hands, not man’s. When our plans are not going as intended, we need to talk less and listen for intervention from God. And, we can learn from Jonah that God is in control and cannot be manipulated to fit our expectations.
Dear Lord, help me see all of life’s stories through your eyes. Amen.