Welcome back everyone, I hope you all have a great day! I know, my day I started off great! The snow is all melted and I’m free all day! For those of you who view my post regularly, we are doing a flashback to this summer. For those of you who are new this summer, I was given a wonderful opportunity to coach younger kids the game of soccer, and the story of Jonah.
For those of us, who grew up in the church, we all know the story of Jonah and the big fish, but really we are missing the bigger picture. The picture of God’s love that he shows Jonah throughout the whole story. But, it is also about the amount of Love he shows us from a day to day basis.
For those of us who don’t know the story of Jonah, I will give you a brief summary.
Jonah was a prophet of God, who was told to go to a faraway land called Nineveh. Well, Jonah was in an area where Nineveh was his enemy.
So when Jonah was told that he fled the other way, away from where God told him. Jonah ended up on a ship heading the opposite direction.
While on this ship, God sent a storm, all the other crew members couldn’t figure out what was going on until Jonah came, then long story short. Jonah took the blame and the crew members threw Jonah off the ship into the water, where he was swallowed by a giant fish.
While Jonah was in the fish he prayed. He prayed to God, and God commanded the fish to spit Jonah out on land. The land of Nineveh.
To be continued next week, but now we are going to talk about how this is relevant to us.
When we look at this story. We just think to ourselves. Well, I will never be eaten by a giant fish. So, I’m fine. The story is forgotten but that isn’t what the story is. It is relevant to us in a number of ways. The first way is we all have run from something God has called us to. RIght? There has been a situation where we have thought we knew better than God. I know I have. Thinking Oh I know so much better than God, I’m not going to listen to his directions to obey my parents.
There has been a number of times where that has happened and guess who has been the one to get the punishment because they thought better? ME.
Just like Jonah, I thought I knew better and it just backfired. Not to a point where I got swallowed by a fish, but to a point I feel as if I swallowed a ton of butterflies.
My last point on this story. No matter what happened Jonah never gave up on him. That is the same for us. Even though we mess up God forgives us, and he is still there for us.
I want you guys to remember that this week. No matter what God is still there and doesn’t give up on us.
Thanks for popping in,