October 11, 2017
(St. Pope John XXIII)
Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry that God did not carry out the evil he threatened against Nineveh. He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD, is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? This is why I fled at first to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, rich in clemency, loath to punish. And now, LORD, please take my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.” Jon_4:1-11
Did you ever know those people, beloved, whom you just cannot satisfy? I know there are days that I fit that category quite well myself! Those days when everything was all planned out and then that Voice came! And we reply, just like Jonah, “But, look I had PLANS!” “No, You’re not REALLY going to wipe out that nasty nation, because I know of your mercy! And I’m not going to be the hypocrite who warns them about something that doesn’t even happen.” Jonah was mad! Jonah was mad enough and embarrassed enough to give up on everything, even life!
He couldn’t even relax in peace after it was all over. You see, in the first place, Jonah needed a job – so God gave him one. Then when he realized that he couldn’t hide from the job that God gave him, he grudgingly did it, and then waited for pay-day! You see pay-day for Jonah was to see that God’s fire come down from heaven, just as it did upon Sodom and Gomorrah. But there was a difference this time. Instead of remaining in their stubborn sinfulness, like the Sodomites, the Ninevites repented. They realized that their sins against God were truly serious enough to warrant a change. And they just happened to have a really good leader, at the right time, who would make the decision that their salvation was more important than their selfishness.
So what is it that’s driving our lives, beloved? Are our plans number one, or are we flexible enough to accept and answer God’s calling at a moment’s notice? Is nothing ever good enough for us, or can we see the goodness in everything, especially in God’s love and mercy for us! It all brings us back to Martha’s anxiety and Paul’s declaration that – in God, in Jesus there is NO anxiety! Rest in Him, beloved and His peace will rest in you!
Well that will be the end of the Maui pictures in Whispers. I have enough to continue for the next couple years at one a day, but we need to get back to the Lord alone! I will soon add a page under the Pictures Header of ColorMe4Life to include some of the best photos from Maui . . . Till then, blessings and peace in Christ!
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