Friday, March 21, 2014

Jonah's Great Escape: My Interpretation of Jonah 1 & 2

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Jonah 1 & 2: First Hand Account

He says "Go there.", I say "Flee from here!" Why me? Why now? Why there? There's a boat going to Tarshish and I'm going to be on it so I can go as far away from You as possible. "He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord." Sorry God I'm not your man, You should choose someone else more fit for the position.

What is all that noise? I guess my sleep will have to wait, I can rest and relax when I get to Tarshish anyways. Why does the boat feel like it is going to flip upside down and rip in two? "But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up."  Uh-oh, God is this You causing the sea to open up and swallow us? Why do You pursue me so? Why do you make the waves chase after me? 

 Others call on gods who can do nothing for them. I know that You can calm the very sea that Your hands crafted. My fellow sailors seem to have more reverence for You than I do. How foolish of me to think that I could escape You? You who sees all, knows all, and created all things. I know what must happen, just throw me overboard. Get rid of this raging sea by getting rid of me. "And he said to them. 'Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is  because of me.' "

God, I recognize my wrong and want another opportunity to get it right. I know that You called me to do something great. On Your strength and power I  will stand. Even though it's dark where I am, I know that You are with me as my protection. "Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my GOD." In my darkest moments is when I can see You the clearest. "So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land." As I turn my face towards You, I finally see daylight and dry land. I'm ready to fulfill Your purpose for my life.

Whether we are running from Nineveh, accepting the call to become a minister, opening that business, going back to school for that Master's Degree, or signing up for that Missions Trip that has been tugging on our heartstrings, there is a God-given purpose that we may be running from.We must unlace our track shoes and shake off the feelings of inadequacy or lack. My Sisters, behind every glimpse of our purpose that is revealed to us, God puts the provision and ability to carry it out. May your days be filled gloriously with carrying out His purpose. xoxo


  1. Loved how you spoke from Jonah's perspective!

  2. Wonderful! Unlace those track shoes and shake off that feeling of inadequacy! Amen!
    nannette (candacejo) SRT