The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-6)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Praying with Jonah
Call me beyond myself,
Send me beyond my imagination,
Empower me beyond my skill.
So began a recent Scripture Union Bible study on Jonah by Robert Parkinson, a Baptist minister in the U.K. It's the Bible's great fish story - a fanciful tale with with a serious message for self-righteous Christians (like me).
Swallow me, Lord! Into your love and work. Like Jonah...
Today, he might be a minister or missionary. A faithful man, who veers off course.
Jonah becomes a religious crank. Prejudiced, self-centered, imposing limits on your love and mercy.
Yet, you send him out, over and over.
It's all about your purposes, not mine. You are compassionate and generous to all. I don't get to choose.
Have I lapsed into Jonah mode? Spit me out, Lord! Send me again. And again. Until I get it right. Amen.
Posted by George Habel