Thursday, February 21, 2013
“Where can I flee from your presence…if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me” Psalm 139:7, 10.
My imagination continues to run wild while considering Jonah’s experience. I believe that any story is in the details, and we are given few regarding the timeframe on the ship. This morning as I was watching the wings of the sunrise take flight I couldn’t help but wonder how many sunrises Jonah saw before God sent the great wind and violent storm. I searched several resources but couldn’t find anything. We are simply told that God called…Jonah fled…God sent calamity. But God is anything but simple.
That alone could make us fearful if we were not totally sold out on believing that God is love. I cannot help but to believe that even in his disobedience God allowed Jonah to experience some beautiful sunrises and amazing sunsets before the storm arose. My research states that since Jonah was held in such high esteem by royalty he undoubtedly had the financial resources to charter this entire ship. I can just imagine the first morning after he fled…’he awakes…goes up top… breathes in that fresh ocean air…the water is smooth as glass…he watches the sun burst through the early morning cracks in the sky with oranges and reds. His heart holds relief that he has escaped God’s command, while at the same time holds guilt that he is withholding something from others.’ I wonder if his emotions overtook the beauty of the first morning. Was he even able to sit at the end of the first day and absorb the magnificent sunset before him? Knowing our magnificent God, there were still amazing blessings within his disobedience.
There are times in life when we find ourselves surrounded in a sea of emotions. These times may be brought on by our sin or a result of circumstances that God has allowed in our life. It is a journey that we must take as determined by God, since nothing enters our life without the permissive filter of God. If you are reading this devotional, you are blessed with the gift of vision…the financial resources to have a computer…the mental capacity to understand its message...both time and freedom to worship…all spiritual sunrises and sunsets that God has blessed you with. Are we missing all of the blessings for which God is surrounding us by focusing on our circumstances instead of the journey? Do we take for granted our children that God has entrusted to us? Have we lost the gratitude for that spouse who loves us dearly? What grumblings and complaints do we express about our lives instead of praising God for His blessings?
May we all awake this morning to the realization of our spiritual sunrises and sunsets that God has given us. ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows’ James 1:17.