Heart of Obedience
I woke this morning thinking to myself, “I am gonna write today,” as soon as I get my kids off to school, straighten the house, grocery shop, prepare tonight’s dinner…wait, what was I gonna do today?
I love my family and know that in serving them, I am serving the Lord. But in doing so, does that mean I have to place my hopes and dreams on the back burner? I don’t think it does, and if I’m honest with myself, most of the time I use the list of “to-do’s” as my excuse to not write because fear stops me and sends me in the other direction.
The same thing happened to Jonah.
God commands Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and tell the rebellious people to repent of their evil ways. Instead of obeying God, whether out of fear or hatred towards the Assyrians, Jonah runs away and boards a ship heading for Tarshish. Little did Jonah know, he would be thrown into the sea and swallowed up by a great fish because of his disobedience.
What I find most interesting in this story is how others were affected by Jonah’s rebellion to God’s calling. To stop Jonah, God caused the urgent winds, the fierce storm that threatened to destroy the ship.
People’s lives were at stake all because Jonah didn’t listen to the Lord’s command. And what about the city of Nineveh? God was sending the prophet to preach to the people to turn from their wicked ways and repent because He loved them.
So what about us? How does Jonah’s disobedience apply to my not writing or another’s pursuit of purpose? I believe God calls us all to ‘go’ somewhere or ‘do’ something. And if we ignore Him, out of fear or anything else, not only are we missing the blessing, but others may be as well.
With lots of love,