Take Me There to Get Me Here

Jonah was called by God.  He received the Word of the Lord telling him to go to Nineveh and cry out unto the people to depart from their wickedness and return to the ways of the Lord.  But Jonah was scared and ran, trying to hide from God.

Jonah boarded a boat to flee from the direction God had given him.  Once on this boat, the Lord sent a storm.  All on the boat cried out to their gods trying to calm the storm.  Jonah was sleeping below and they woke him and asked him to cry out to his god.  Jonah told them to throw him into the sea.  After much discussion, they threw Jonah into the sea.

Jonah was sinking into the dark abyss.  It was dark, deep and dreary.  The weeds were wrapping all about him, and he had no way out.  But the Lord sent a great fish to swallow Jonah.  Here in the belly of this great fish, Jonah was alive although he felt he was in hell.  But during this time, God was able to talk with Jonah – he was able to get his full attention.

Why are we always so stubborn? Why do we keep trying to run from the call of God?  Why does God have to carry us to extremes to get our attention?

Jonah believed that once he was thrown overboard, his life was over; his death imminent.  But this was not God’s plan.  Somehow, God had to get Jonah’s full attention so that he would hear God’s direction.  So even though Jonah thought all hope was lost, this was actually a new beginning.  God could now have Jonah’s full attention to talk with him and explain His plan. Sometimes, God has to carry us there to get us here.

I believe there are many of us who have had an experience just like Jonah.  We may not have recognized it at the time, but looking back, we can see the similarities.  We heard God’s Word; we knew what He wanted us to do.  But instead of following His direction, we choose to ignore it and run as fast as we could in the opposite direction.  While running, everything that could go wrong went wrong.  Was your life falling apart?  You stumbled, struggled and thought there was no way you could continue.  At this point, you sat quietly in the dark, crying out to God to save you from this horrible condition.  Finally!  God has your full attention.  Now, you are listening, learning and ready to step out and follow your call.

How many times do we feel we are at the end – we see no way out of our situation, totally giving up?  But it’s at this time that God can work.  We are so busy up to this point trying to figure everything out for ourselves and not letting God work or direct us.  But when we finally get to the bottom – the deep dark abyss – God can step in and bring about a new beginning.

Is God calling you?  Have you received direction from the Lord, but have refused to heed the call?  Don’t be like Jonah and run.  Stand proud and walk uprightly before the Lord.  He will guide you and direct you through each and every storm.  Just know that if you refuse to follow your call, God will take you there to get you here!

Author: Michelle Drummond

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