I’ve been taking the Jonah study at church. It’s about getting a divine interruption from God and how it can throw our lives out of whack if we try to go against the flow. It’s really teaching me a lot after this past year. I think I’m going to start blogging again about the weekly homework. Anyway, last night the homework was on Jonah 1:5.
“But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down, and fallen sound asleep.”
This is right after he gets on the ship to Tarshish fleeing from God’s directions to go to Nineveh. He was running, and whether from exhaustion, or trying to escape, or just plain lack of concern, Jonah was out cold. He thought he was getting away from God. But God sent a storm to wake him up, literally and figuratively. We’ve all had storms in our lives that have shook us awake and set us back on the path following Him FIRST.
Priscilla talked about being in line at the grocery store and witnessing a girl being extremely disrespectful to her mom. She said she was tempted to step in and tell the girl to apologize to her mom, but she didn’t, because it wasn’t her child. One of the things Priscilla wrote that stood out to me the most was: “Have you ever been upset because someone else seems to be ‘getting away with it’? They are knee-deep in a lifestyle of sin, and it seems to be going unnoticed. It could be because they aren’t His. So ‘do not fret because of evildoers. Be not envious toward wrongdoers’ (Psalm 37:1). The Lord’s discipline in your life is a sign of His relationship with you.”
I’m glad He cares enough about me to intervene when I need it.