There are times in life, when much like Jonah, we are reminded that God’s ways are not our ways. A bump in the road may not be as much of the hindrance we first think but actually prove to be His appointed way leading to a harvest, both in our own lives and in the lives of others.
“Father, help us to believe You are the Author and Perfecter of our lives. We don’t want to react out of doubt, and we don’t want to live under self-made structures. We want to hear Your voice, to be obedient in response, and to be grateful for that which You have appointed us. Be with each of us when we find ourselves trapped in the belly of a fish, flailing for freedom and tempted to despair. This which we see as impossible is nothing more than an opportunity to return to You and bring You glory. Thank You for Your mercy and Your patience as we fail over and over again, believing we have a better way. Who are we to deserve a God who is so gracious with His love? May we seek Your will over ours every day, and may we never forget the God who provides both the sun and the shade.”
(from What Women Fear by Angie Smith, page 146)
“The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord watches over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” (Psalm 121: 5-8, NLT)