The Lord’s word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: “Get up and go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it, for their evil has come to my attention.”
So Jonah got up—to flee to Tarshish from the Lord! He went down to Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid the fare and went aboard to go with them to Tarshish, away from the Lord. -Jonah 1:1-3
Goodbye Jonah! He does not want to do what God is calling him to do. This makes Jonah so much easier to relate to than many of the heroes of our faith. They seem so much bigger than life. But Jonah, here’s a guy after my own heart. God has given him an insurmountable task: to speak out against evil. He’d be the only one saying “blue” when everyone else in the whole city says “gold.” Who wants to be that unpopular? I can barely muster my courage to say, “Hey wait a minute” when someone tells a racist joke, much less stand up against a whole city.
So Jonah flees. Runs the other way, away from God. Today is a day for reflecting. Is there any way we are running from what we know God wants us to do? As the story unfolds, though Jonah tried to get away from God’s call, God was everywhere Jonah went. God pursues us passionately until we are where God intends us to be. So, where are you?
O Lord, I present myself before you. Here I am! Help me hear you and heed you today, in the least significant and greatest of ways. Through Christ I pray, Amen.
Try asking God to direct your next 30 minutes. Listen for nudges from God about what you are being led to do next. Act on anything that is in keeping with God’s love.