I grew up in the Church. Shut-ins. Sunday school. Prayer breakfasts. Choir rehearsal. Hallelujah night. Praise dancing. Bible study. Sunday morning service. Sunday evening service. Children’s church. Whatever you can do in the Church ... I done did it.
Rare footage of me ignoring God's voice so I can do what I wanna do in peace.
Verse of the Day: But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from God. (Jonah 1:3)
Let me explain something: No matter how holy or how saved or how churched ... Jonah's relationship with God illustrates a very real breaking point. It's this point where we say to God: I love you, I trust you, I believe that you're God ... but this is where I draw the line. Everything is Gucci until, through divine assignment, God's will starts calling you out of comfort zones ... that you didn't recognize as comfort zones.
I can identify with Jonah. Deeply. God gives Jonah this assignment to go to the city of Ninevah and preach His message. And ya boy just ain't with it. So instead, he cops a ticket and hops a boat to the city of Tarshish, in the opposite direction.
So what does God do? Chill? Wait for Jonah to come around and change his mind? Nah, fam. He sends a storm that threatens to take out EVERYBODY on the boat ... all because of Jonah's hardheaded self.
Storm: (n.) a violent disturbance of the atmosphere
This brings me to a very unsexy subject: have you ever thought about all of the drama you ended up RUNNING INTO ... while trying to RUN AWAY from God? *moment of silence*
I love God. I swear I do. I think the Man is golden. Jehovah Jireh. The Great I Am. Elohim. I mean, all the adjectives. I love God ... it's his ASSIGNMENTS that I can't stand. His assignments interrupt my self-determined course. His assignments call me to put aside childish things. His assignments ... force me to be something greater ... something that I can't be in my own strength. So his assignments ... require me to crucify self and truly commit to serving Him.
So. Here's a question: What are you running from lately?
It's like OTRII. But with a smaller budget. Come on, sis. Let's pray it out: Father. I thank You for being a sovereign God who has control over all things. Lord, when You call me, help me to answer, knowing that every assignment you place on my life has the purpose of bringing You glory. Search my heart and help me detach from the restriction of my own will. Because as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are your ways higher than ours. Start with my heart. Make me usable for Your purpose. In Jesus' name. Amen.