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Jonah’s Fish

The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”  But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.  Jonah 1:1-3
From the few verses listed above, it is clear that God had a plan for Jonah.  There was a specific something God wanted Jonah to do.  But Jonah wasn’t interested. So, he skipped town. Eventually, that act of deliberate disobedience landed Jonah in the belly of a big ole fish. So many people think that if they don’t hear God correctly or take a different path, that they will never get to their destination. What if I make the wrong turn?  What if I take the wrong job?  What if I join the wrong church?  What if I say the wrong thing?  What if?  What if? What if? Questions like these usually come from a heart desiring to please God.  As a Christ follower, I long to hear exactly what my Heavenly Daddy is saying and where he is directing me.  I don’t want to miss it.  In decision-making times, my heart is pure and I simply want to discern the path that God has laid out. If you have deliberately disobeyed and turned from God, don’t fret.  His mercies are new every morning.  You may be one of those who didn’t intentionally take the wrong path but somewhere along the way, you realized that the direction in which you were headed was literally making you go in circles. God used Jonah in a huge way. Huge. Surrender to Him and He’ll use you, too. Can you recall a time when you found yourself in a fish’s belly and wished that you had obeyed God the first time? (Previously posted on October 16, 2008.)

8 thoughts on “Jonah’s Fish”

  1. I had to stop putting God in a box about my gifts! There are soooo many things I keep thinking I should be doing to get world recognition, but I realize that isn’t for man, my gifts are for Him and when I let go of my on wants for this life He shows me what He wants. I do my best work then, too! (My desire was to be the next Beyonce… or Yolanda Adams! LMBO! I know two different genres but hey…)

  2. Omg! I literally just read this passage last night with my life group.
    God obviously is trying to tell me do not fret, just continue to do his
    will and he will take care of the rest. Thank you God !!!!!

  3. Oh goodness…. The only thing that stands out was after I left home out of high school and marrying a man I wasn’t ready to marry. That was in 1983. My daughter was born in 1984. I lived in that marriage until 1998. I could not take another minute of his abuse. I desperately fled that life and started over. I remarried in 1999. Like you, we’ve hit some rough and bad times. God made good though. No doubt!

  4. Cindy,

    I wanted to let you know how much your post means to me. I believe my daughter is not on the right path. It’s not deliberate, it’s just her sweet heart cannot discern right now. But, I know she wants God’s will. Thank you for reminding me that God is not stopped in His will. He will bring her to where she needs to be.

    Sheryl

  5. I have a tendency to be strong willed and I tend to struggle with Gods lead. I often thank God for keeping after me when I’m not listening and learning. I can totalling relate to Jonah.

    Your posts are wonderful and always inspiring. Thank you for sharing with us and the world.

  6. It NEVER ceases to amaze me when God brings thing full circle. He gave me the book of Jonah over the summer to ponder. I got it, and moved on. But, it wasn’t until I read your re-posting of your “Jonah” thought, that the circle has come around all the way. The gaps have been filled in. Thank you Cindy, and thanks to your followers that leave the comments. Blessings!

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