Imagine for a moment being swallowed by a fish, it must have been terrifying for Jonah. God had given Jonah a mission and he did not want to do it, he instead decided to flee away from God by taking a boat in the opposite direction to where God asked him to go.
Oh, that looks like us sometimes, doesn’t it? We have all experienced a situation where we have faced two choices: obey or disobey. And we’ve all experienced the consequences of disobeying. When you choose disobedience, you always suffer the consequences. For Jonah, it was to be swallowed by a fish. Jonah wanted to flee away from God, but he simply could not because God is everywhere and the love the Father has for us is greater than our disobedience. Even in the belly of the fish where it smelled bad, the Father was there with Jonah, he was there to love him, to reassure him and to help him choose to do good. When Jonah decided to do good, the fish laid him on dry land and Jonah went to proclaim the gospel to Nineveh just as God had asked him to.
Jonah was terrified of the mission God had given him. He had forgotten who he was, he had forgotten that he was a son and that his Father was with him at all times, that his Father would never ask him for something he could not do. The Father is with us at all times and with him we are able to accomplish great things. Why run away from him? The Father loves you and He loves you too much to let you run away from him. He pursues you and he wants you to live a life of intimacy with him and out of this life of intimacy will come great things. Don’t be afraid to pursue him too, to go in search of his heart. Let yourself be found by him and find him!
“Father, if I have fled away from you, I ask for your forgiveness. If I have chosen to disobey you in a certain area of my life, I ask for your forgiveness. Help me never forget that you are there with me at all times, even in the most difficult times of my life. Help me remember that I can always count on you at all times. Help me live in your love and experience it every day. I love you. Amen.”