Jonah and I have been hanging out together this week.
I doubt it’s a coincidence that God had me turn the pages over to the Old Testament book of Jonah Monday morning. Remember a few days ago I mentioned a P.P.P. (pathetic pity party) – so, it is only fair to assume that my heavenly Dad put me in the same boat (small pun here) with Jonah.
Man, what a disobedient, rebellious fool
Jonah was, I am. I can almost smell the seaweed breath. The whole accident, hubs gets a new car, I drive the old truck patheticism (yes, it’s a word, NOW) probably caused Jesus to roll His eyes for a second or two.
However, I think I repented in time before too much damage was done. Now, I’m confessing to you, my readers. Forgive me, please.
Thank you. Sincerely, thank you.
Here’s my counsel to you…when you are feeling…
why not her,
she gets this,
I get that…
open The Book and read Jonah, four short chapters and about 40 long lessons! He teaches us all the things NOT TO DO!
- When God tells you to do something: DON’T RUN AWAY! (1.3)
- When you know you’re in rebellion? Don’t start sleeping. (1.5)
- When things turn out better for others than for yourself? Don’t get angry. (4.1)
- Don’t ever wish yourself dead. (4.3)
- Quit being overly concerned over things that don’t concern you. (4.8-10)
I want to give Jonah credit where credit is due. He was obedient to God’s instruction the second time around (3.1-3). Thank You, for second chances, Lord!
In 1979, I had a Jonah experience. I did all the things listed above as “things not to do.” I lived in the stench and decay of a rotting world of sin, then one glorious, and extremely sweet day, my Abba Father showed His mercy toward me, yet again, and…
tossed me unto dry land! (2.10)
I am forever grateful.
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