BY JOSEPH BRAZIL
Ask any child in Sunday School what they’re favorite Bible story is and you’ll probably hear the same answer. Moses parting the Red Sea, Jesus walking on water, or the walls of Jericho falling down, are all likely top choices. But one reigns supreme.
Jonah and the big fish.
Even as an adult this account perplexes me. It’s really an awesome example of how important we are in God’s service. For those a little sketchy on the story’s details, here’s the unofficial Cliffnotes version. Jonah was called by the Lord to go minister to the abominable city of Nineveh, but Jonah refused to obey and took matters into his own hands, paying cash for a fare on a boat headed for sea. The Lord created a storm and threatened to sink the ship. The crew ends up throwing Jonah overboard and the seas grew calm again. Jonah is then swallowed by a huge fish. He has a change of heart and cries out to God who has mercy on him and has the fish spit him onto dry land.
Long story short, Jonah goes to Nineveh and the entire city repents and turns to the Lord.
I think you’d agree we’ve all had “Jonah moments,” those times when we clearly feel God convicting us to answer His calling. I want to say I’ve always made the right decision in those situations, but I haven’t and there have been times when I’ve opted to ignore or flee, as Jonah, thinking I can evade God’s plan.