Yesterday my oldest asked my why the story of Jonah ended so badly.
I proceeded to tell him the highlights of the story, explaining that along the whole way of Jonah’s experience, God kept showing him mercy, grace, and patience.
At first Jonah refused to obey at all.
Then, when he saw he had no choice (remember the whale?) he decide to obey, but his obedience was only on the outside. His heart was not in it. He was standing on the inside while sitting on the outside, as the saying goes.
He did as he was told to but afterward went into the desert to pout.
Now a man could die in the desert, so God provided shade for Jonah while he pouted. Then, a bug ate the plant that was shading him, so Jonah decided that he just wanted to die.
In conclusion, I explained that what God had planned for Jonah was not what Jonah thought he wanted.
Regardless of all the ways that God had taken care of Jonah, he refused to be happy with what God had for him.
I think I just found a little bit of Jonah in me.
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