Jonah 1:3 (GNT) Jonah, however, set out in the opposite direction in order to get away from the LORD.

I’m sure you have heard or maybe familiar with the story of Jonah and the whale (big fish!). The book of Jonah in the Old Testament is a short book with just four chapters. If you have twenty minutes, stop and read it through. It’s a great story with a lot of lessons for us. The Bible is replete with stories that provide lessons for our lives here and now.

The thing that stood out to me about this story was that Jonah was bold enough, after hearing exactly what he was supposed to do from God,to intentionally do just the opposite. He got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.

That stood out at first because I thought to myself, “What a fool”! Who would do such a thing?” Then I realized that is what I have done time and time again in my own life. How about you? Embedded in the story of Jonah are our story sisters and brothers!

Look back at the choices you have made to try to do things your way. Think about the nights you have laid awake with a knot in your stomach, full of fear and anxiety about things that most likely weren’t going to happen anyway. Think about the times you’ve chosen to numb yourself with food, alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, or something else that wasn’t really the answer you were looking for or needed. When you “you came to your senses” you felt a little emptier than the day before.

What Jonah needed to do; what you and I need to do, is to humble yourself and surrender our wills to God. It’s a daily task that will grow a little easier the more you do it. Start today. Don’t go through what Jonah went through. Learn from him and learn from your own life story; blessings and love.

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