Today, a ten-year-old struggled past my window with a two-year-old flung over his shoulder. The two-year-old wasn’t keen on any part of the journey. I presumed that a parent had called both home and the little one had no desire to go there.
In my mind, I saw my own self struggling in God’s arms as he called me forward into the newness of the day. Me, fighting him at every opportunity, not wanting to take on the new tasks that lie before me. And yet, like the two-year-old, God is calling us in the direction of our heavenly home and he will push, carry, or fling us as necessary to get us there.
The word of the Lord came to Jonah, son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. (Jonah 1:1)
Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. (Jonah 1:4)
This terrified them (the sailors) and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.) (Jonah 1:10)
The men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder.re. They threw Jonah overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. The men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him. (Jonah 1:13-16)
Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:17)
As I said earlier, God is calling us in the direction of our heavenly home and he will push, carry, or fling us as necessary to get us there.