So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish!
I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
You are eager to turn back from destroying people."
- Jonah 4:2 NLT
Have you ever gotten lost on a road trip or decided to not listen to someone’s directions? I know I have. I don’t like to leave the house without directions or a plan because I know I will get lost. I also worry that something like a flat tire will happen and I will be full of fear, anxiety, and worried feelings if I go about my travels...my way.
A lot of time we feel lost in our lives - whether it be school, work, or life in general. It’s easy to get caught up in day to day life and forget that our journey called life is a road trip. The road is open before us with so many turns, bumps, and wide open spaces but if we aren’t listening to God who is giving us directions we may hit a bump, take a wrong turn, and end up where we aren’t supposed to be.
Jonah was given one simple direction - to go to Nineveh. But instead, he hopped on a boat and sailed to the opposite side avoiding God’s clear instruction. It was not long after his wrong turn that Jonah found himself in the middle of a storm on a boat about to sink. When the sailors realized it was Jonah’s God causing the storm and he was the one that brought the storm on, they all agreed to throw him overboard.
God is so compassionate that He even appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah up in order to save his life and offer him a change of heart about the directions God had given him.
So, even when we decide to take a wrong turn on this road trip we call life, God already has the directions that lead the way back to the center of His will for your life - even when it seems impossible for God to pull you out of the deep waters! However, it’s up to us to pay attention to the signs and to be aware of what God is trying to tell us. He will tell us when to stop, yield, and turn. God is our GPS and He knows where He is leading us. We may not like where we are on our road trip right now but we can be certain that it is setting the foundation of our final destination.
1. Have you veered off from God’s GPS and need to ask Him for clear direction?
2. How can you learn to stop and slow down to listen to God’s directions for you?
Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your compassion that abounds for me and the many chances You give me in life when I don’t listen to your directions the first time. Create in me a clean heart willing to follow You on the road trip You have planned for my life. For I know that what You have for me is far better than anything I could imagine. Thank You for Your redirection in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
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