What’s your job? Do you like it? Do you like every single part of it? If you’re a nurse, you probably don’t enjoy cleaning bedpans. If you are a salesperson you’d rather not call on the same client who refuses to buy your products. A mom? Sleepless nights and washing mountains of laundry aren’t on the list of spectacular momma benefits. Sometimes we have a job to do but we really don’t want to do it. So maybe we slip away…no one will notice…
Until the bedpan isn’t clean, the client calls your boss or the laundry piles up.
Every job has a downside (or two, or a hundred). But I am learning to trust God no matter where He puts me, no matter what He asks me to do. That’s a lot easier said than done, because sometimes He asks me to do something I really don’t want to do. I want to run. Jonah must have felt the same way when God told him to go preach to the Ninevites.
“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. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.” (Jonah 1:1-3)
Jonah probably thought something like, “Oh no – not me. You aren’t sending me down to that hideous Nineveh to preach bad news. Nuh uh. You can find someone else and I am outta here!”
So he tried to flee. He got on a ship sailing far away from Nineveh. Surely God wouldn’t chase him down and bring him back. Surely God would just pick someone else.
But God didn’t pick someone else. He picked Jonah, and at times He will pick you to carry out an unpleasant but necessary task. When we sign on with God, we don’t always get the fun jobs. Sometimes we get the dirty ones, the ones that need to be done but don’t have a sign up sheet full of names underneath them.
Tomorrow I’ll finish the Jonah story. But for today, think about this:
You can’t run from God – so why not run to God?