True Love uplifts and restores.
(Listen to my song Love Will Always Lead You Home on YouTube by clicking HERE)
Jonah 2:1-3; 11
But the LORD sent a great fish to swallow Jonah, and he remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah prayed to the LORD, his God, from the belly of the fish: Out of my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. Then the LORD commanded the fish to vomit Jonah upon dry land.
Jonah received a mission from God to go to the city of Nineveh and to tell the people to turn from their evil ways.
But this was not something that sounded appealing to Jonah.
Who would want to do that?
Go to a big town and work in the trenches for positive change? That would be hard!
And after all, I’m not qualified!
So Jonah traveled the opposite direction. And as the story goes…the ship he was traveling on encountered a great storm and eventually the powers that be decide that Jonah was the reason they were in peril…for he had disobeyed God’s orders. So they throw him overboard.
That’s where today’s scripture picks up the story.
Just like Jonah, we are all called to work for the common good.
We are all called to work for justice…but out of love and compassion for those in need.
Our goal is their restoration…not punishment.
Each of us will be sent to do this using our unique gifts and talents and in our unique life situations.
If we refuse this calling…or if we simply are too lost to even hear the calling…we will encounter stormy seas.
You will be out of sync with the loving Flow of God.
But don’t worry…God (or Love itself) will not abandon you!
When I was so miserable with my own chosen path that I couldn’t take it any more…it felt as though I had fallen into the sea and was gobbled up in the belly of a whale. But then…I was spewed onto dry land.
I ended up with my old guitar in my hands. And with a new sense of direction and hope in my heart…I began writing songs.
Twenty years later, I have four original music albums of inspirational music, a devotional book, and a ministry to those in need.
Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Listen to the song of the day “Love Will Always Lead You Home” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.
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Remember…God loves you!