Jonah and the Whale - Kassidy Litchenburg
Most of us have heard the story of Jonah and the Whale since we were in strollers, eating cheerios for meals, and learning to tie our shoes. We know that Jonah disobeyed God’s order and long story short, eventually Jonah was thrown from a boat into the sea… and then swallowed by a whale. This story is most attractive to us as children, because it's fantastical and sort of magic in a sense. Jonah lives in this whale for three days! In a world we know, people do not survive in the ocean, much less a whale’s insides. We are drawn to this as a kid in awe and in wonder, yet not necessarily because of the evidence of God’s grace. The reason we sometimes forget about such a story in the bible as we grow older is because it seems not to apply to us, other than in an entertaining way. But just the opposite is true of Jonah and his story. Most of us are in the exact same place that Jonah was. We know what God wants from us or what he is calling us to do. Whatever this may be though, it’s frightening, and so we make up excuses to flee from God and his will for our life. We may not board a ship, but we hold back in a conversation, we skip fellowship with believers, or we chase after our own plans for our future. Personally, I relate more and more to Jonah everyday. The crazy thing? God’s grace is still there. Jonah’s is a book displaying God’s grace and his faithfulness. And each day when I chose sin and evil over Jesus and righteousness I look more and more like a Jonah. But each day God is more than ready to bring me back into his presence. Let Jonah and the Whale be a conviction for when you try to flee and a reminder for that when you do, God is faithful and will bring you back.
Lovejoy High School