Well sports fans and friends who have traveled with me on this little side bar to Florida, all good things must come to an end and as I sit here in a wonderful condo looking out on the full moon making a path of light across the water it is my last night in vacation land. God has been so good to us this week, everywhere we went we found favor, good people, good parking places, traffic has favored us and I expect the Angels have already prepared the path for me to drive on tomorrow to take us safely back to Nickajack Road where I will immediately start my duties of getting lunch for the Sunday crowd underway!
As I stood at the edge of the ocean with the waves coming up and washing my feet, I thought of Jonah. Why Jonah? Well God sent Jonah on a mission trip on which he did not want to go. When he refused and got on a ship headed in the opposite direction a great storm came up and long story short Jonah got tossed overboard and was immediately swallowed up by a “great fish”, which we all assume was a whale, although I have read lately about fish that are larger than a whale, go figure! The bottom line is one that I use often; when I am in the depths of my own despair and need an answer, want to hear it again? Jonah 2: 7-9 “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy. But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.”
Standing there at the edge of the water I imagined that great fish washing up with the waves and vomiting Jonah right out on the shore. The Bible says that he ran all the way to Nineveh to deliver his sermon and all those people repented and were saved! So I wondered what it might be that I am running from that the Lord has asked me to do? I don’t want to be swallowed up by a fish or life in general to have to be vomited out in the place He wants me to be. I want to do His will in the first place, don’t you?
A nice end to a beautiful day, and a wonderful week. Thanks for listening!