But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.
I love watching my humming birds. They buzz around like speed demons, chasing each other. I probably know whats going on about now during this season of the year but they are so fun to watch. They fight over the feeders and over each other. One is not going to heed to the other for nothing. Their chirping is so cute! I would love to know what they are saying to each other. It might just be “Come hereith!”. But the other one, says “No way!”.
In the book of Jonah that is exactly what Jonah says to the Lord, when he was told to go to Nineveh but Jonah decided to run and head to Tarshish. He gets the crew of the boat in all kinds of trouble out in the sea and finally gets thrown over board and swallowed up by a whale. All because he wouldn’t heed to the calling of the Lord.
“I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
How often has God called out to me, told me to go a certain direction, tried to guide my foot steps, all but grabbed my hand and tugged me but I just wouldn’t heed to His calling. Why do I do that? Life would be so much easier for me if I would. The sailing would be much smoother. The waters much less violent. So I’m going to stop fighting it! I’m giving in! I’m bowing down! I’m laying it on the line for Him! I’m paying attention to you now Lord!
Lord, I want to hear You calling me! Amen!