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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Don't be like Jonah and stay in the shade

God called Jonah to preach to the Ninevites.

God directed Jonah to visit Nineveh and preach to the people there. Jonah pleaded with God as he did not want to minister to the sinful inhabitants there. Was it jealousy, because he knew he had followed God all these years and they had not? Was it lack of compassion? Was it laziness because he felt these people were not worth the extra effort to preach to? He asked God to turn His back on the Ninevites and fled Nineveh trying to avoid God's command.

The book of Jonah tells us that Jonah avoided the dreaded task first by grabbing a boat to Tarshish. The Lord gently reminded him of his task by stirring up a storm; one so strong that everyone on the boat feared for their lives. Jonah may have had a total disregard for the Ninevites, but his conscience would not allow him to risk all the passengers lives so he instructed them to toss him overboard. Once they did that the waters calmed.

Our God is patient and merciful.

He sent a great fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah had time to think about his disobedience while in the belly of the whale. After awhile Jonah was taken to dry land and deposited there by the whale. He then travelled to Nineveh where he reluctantly preached the gospel. The Ninevites repented and God decided to spare them. This distressed Jonah so much that he sat outside the city limits in the hopes they would return to their evil ways and the city would be destroyed. While sitting outside the gates the sun would beat down upon him causing him to feel discomfort. God created a plant to spring up overnight and provide Jonah with relief from the unrelenting heat of the sun.

But God does not do things without a purpose.

He then sent a worm to destroy the plant. He sent strong winds to carry the heat and a hot steamy day. Jonah became distressed over the loss of shade. He had shade for one day. He did nothing to cultivate the plant, but sorely missed it. God asked him if His children should not mean more than a plant? A city of people was slated for destruction, but Jonah would not bow his head and say a prayer for them. Jonah did not want to share the good news of Jesus and was upset when they had taken the good news and applied it in their lives. He prefered they met with destruction.

Let's get out of the shade and follow God's direction.

He has a purpose and a plan for each of us and it is only when we follow Him that we will be fulfilled. Take care and God bless! I hope your new year is healthy, happy and prosperous!

This post linked to shadow shot Sunday. Enjoy the shadow shots and just remember not to live your life in the shade. :-) Now hop on over to Harriet's @ HeyHarriet.

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Hey Harriet January 3, 2011 at 3:45 AM  

Absolutely gorgeous photos! I hope you've enjoyed your weekend and a very Happy New Year to you!

Cassie January 3, 2011 at 3:54 AM  

Very cool ShadowSHots! I liked your words too. Haven't we all been like that stinker Jonah at times?! Digging our heals in when we don't want to obey Him? (Or am I the only one??) Happy New Year to you.

♥-Icy BC-♥ January 3, 2011 at 6:45 PM  

Wonderful shadow shots, and you're amazing with preaching the words of God, Judy!

SquirrelQueen January 5, 2011 at 4:20 AM  

That is a really cool tree Judy, it makes some great shadows.

Maybe Jonah should have spent a little more time in the whale's belly.

Self Sagacity January 8, 2011 at 7:46 PM  

thanks for the history on Jonah. sometimes i feel like telling god I don't want to too. :-)

Judy Sheldon-Walker January 10, 2011 at 10:17 PM  

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Thanks and God bless!

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