But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. — Jonah 1:3a.
Jonah received a call from God, and his first reaction was to flee. I ask myself how many times has God called on me and i reacted by fleeing in some sense. I might pretend the call wasn’t from God, I might substitute my own judgment for God’s, or I might just find a good excuse. Sadly with hindsight I realize that far too often my response was to be like Jonah and flee.
Funny thing about God. He doesn’t give up on one like me. He is persistant. God sees in me (and you) as an instrument and as a work in progress. Flee from one call, and he sends me another. I haven’t been swallowed by a whale yet, but I hope I am finally hearing God’s calls. How about you?