Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Jonah Personal Challenge...
Jonah 2:3-6 (New King James Version)
3 For You cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the floods surrounded me;
All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight;
Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul;
The deep closed around me;
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains;
The earth with its bars closed behind me forever;
Yet You have brought up my life from the pit,
O LORD, my God.
I was reading the story of Jonah in the Bible. I was struck by some of the imagery, and knew that I had to try to make a papercut of the verse that specifically said, "I went down to the moorings of the mountains..."
My mind imagined that as if he had gone so far down into the waters that he landed at the feet of the mountains on the other side of the world.
It is a remarkable story of one man's disobedience to God, the consequences of his disobedience, God's grace, and His tremendous patience with Jonah, but it is also how He is like that with all of us.
May this cut be a reminder to us, to you... Don't run from God. He always knows where you are. And He loves you immensely. Rather, allow yourself to be honest, open, and available to God, and He will bless you in amazing ways. Trusting and surrendering to Him is not weakness. Rather it is strength. It is where you find untapped reserves of the necessities we have for life. We find unconditionaly love, receive peace that passes all understanding, joy unspeakable, and hope. "The joy of the Lord is our strength." It has been mine. And I hope that you will allow Him to touch your heart so you can also experience His wonderful, and amazing love for you.
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