Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 37:5,6
When Jonah opened his in-box he found a message from God. “Go to Nineveh and warn them to repent of their sins.”
“Forget it,” replied Jonah. He refused to invest himself in 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 went there.
Cool people went to Tarshish. Losers went to Nineveh.
You and I are alive and breathing on planet Earth for a purpose – 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.’
Has your calling taken you to the cold outback of Nineveh when you really wanted to go to be-dazzled Tarshish? Maybe you are diligently pursuing your God calling and receiving little response for your efforts. Few encouraging words come and discouragement presses from every side. Commit the remainder of your days to Jesus. 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.
Jonah took the scenic route to Nineveh. But eventually he got there and much to his surprise the people listened to his God message.
Blessings in 2018 as you pursue the fulfilment of God’s assignment.
Rose McCormick Brandon is the author of Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children, One Good Word Makes all the Difference, numerous magazine articles and personal stories for compilations like Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose writes two blogs, Promises of Home and Listening to my Hair Grow. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org