Is There a Message from God in Your In-box?

The beginning of a new year. A time to ponder God’s focus for my life. A time to consider again that life is about people not projects.

My present journey through the Bible has landed me in the book of Jonah, a good place to land on January 1. When Jonah opened his in-box he found a message from God. “Go to Nineveh and warn them to repent of their sins,” the message said.

“Forget it,” replied Jonah. He refused to invest himself on the useless people of Nineveh. Nobody wanted that assignment.

Jonah hopped on a ship and headed for the bright lights of Tarshish, an exotic place like Las Vegas, teeming with famous faces. Money flowed in and out of the ports of Tarshish. Anybody who wanted to make it big in the world went there.

Cool people went to Tarshish. Losers went to Nineveh.

You and I have assignments from God. We are alive and breathing on planet Earth in 2013 for a reason – to serve Him in a divinely appointed way.

Like Jonah, sometimes we get sidetracked by the appeal of bright lights. Our divine project appears meaningless when compared to the important things others are doing. We say things like ‘anyone can do what I’m doing. God doesn’t need me.’

Or, are you one of those who is diligently pursuing your God calling and receiving little response for your efforts? Few encouraging words come your way. You plod on but discouragement presses you from every side.

Has your calling taken you to the cold outback of Nineveh when you really wanted to go to a be-dazzled Tarshish?

Today, let’s commit the days we have left on this earth to Jesus. Let’s refuse to see the world from a winner/loser viewpoint. In Him, there are no losers, only ordinary people like you and me opening our in-boxes and finding divine assignments.

Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

Jonah took the scenic route to Nineveh. But eventually he got there and much to his surprise the people listened to his God message.


About Rose McCormick Brandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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  3. Anonymous says:

    As I plan to retire in 9 weeks, your message has great meaning for me (and a few tears too)
    Just doing what God calls us to is enough. Love you Happy New year Darlene

    • It must be hard to say goodbye to the work you’ve been doing. How satisfying for you though to know that you’ve made a difference in many lives – little ones and their moms and dads. You were chosen by God for that work within a specific time frame . . . but it’s not the end of your times . . . I’ve been thinking about the scripture that says something like – even when your hair turns white (I don’t think the writer knew about hair dye), even then, God will be with us.
      Blessings, Rose

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