Jonah 2 (NIV)
From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In my distress, I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead, I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight, yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains, I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Have you lost your motivation or fire from your passion in life? Have you become stuck because the journey got too hard? Did you exit at the rest stop to take a break on your journey because you became weary and tired? Has your rest period become your final destination? Has your rest stop brought on a spirit of complacency, depression, insecurity, loneliness, or unworthiness? Or did you never start the journey because of fear of failing and simply ran in the opposite direction from the beginning?
Now, trust me, I know that saying yes to the will of God is filled with the spectrum of emotions from excitement, to doubt, and even fear. That is why often times in life we either say yes and exit off to the rest stop or like Jonah we run at high speed like Usain Bolt. I encourage you to not be afraid of the path and restart your engine, or make a u-turn and start driving in the right direction. You've been at your rest stop long enough, time to keep pressing on your journey. Time to trust God and have an honest moment with Him like Jonah did, while he was confined to the Whale's belly. It is time to reflect on His promises that our triune God is always protecting us no matter how bumpy, windy, or stormy the atmosphere may become. He did not bring us, place us, or call us into that situation to beat on us for games. God brought us there because He knew that He could trust us. Trust us with His people! If God calls you like Jonah to preach against the wickedness and you were once the leader of the wicked crowd, so be it, go! God knows what He is doing, so trust and obey, and stop running because you cannot hide!