Words from the Heart for Monday September 17th, 2018
Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
Jonah 2:4 (NKJV)
I Will Look Again
The darkness of the deep waters plus the darkness of the chambers within the rescue fish meant that Jonah could not see. Yet, the Lord’s eye was upon him. Jonah cries out to the Lord and says he will “look” toward the place of God’s presence in his homeland. Oh, what wonderful grace of the Lord is seen in Jonah’s story. In our “darkest moments” we also can call upon the Lord.
Let’s take a quick look back on Canada. When our nation was birthed on July 1, 1867 we had four provinces and 3.4 million people. The Northwest Territories and Manitoba were brought into Confederation in 1870. British Columbia joined in 1871 and Prince Edward Island finally signed on in 1873. Yukon split from the Northwest Territories to become its own territory in 1898. Alberta and Saskatchewan joined in 1905 and, in 1949, Newfoundland became the 10th province. The borders stayed the same for 50 years, until 1999, when Nunavut became Canada’s third territory.
The prophet Jonah, one of the most well known of all the minor prophets, found himself in a pickle when he fled from the centre of God’s will. Not a literal pickle, but a literal huge fish. And while he sensed it was God who had led him there, it was while he was there that he got things figured out and got his heart right with God. This wasn’t going to be the end of things for Jonah and the Lord. He repented of his disobedience and even in the tummy of the tuna, Jonah was able to say this in Jonah 2:4: “Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’” Hope was beginning to rise within Jonah. And it can for you as well, if you find yourself is a similar fix. God has not moved away and the body of a fish cannot keep Him from you. As you respond to God’s love and grace, even in the horrible situation in which you find yourself, God has a plan to get you out. Do you see it?
These have been words from the heart.