Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 18th, 2018
I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.
Jonah 2:5 (NLT)
Beneath the Waves
Jonah’s report of the events that he experienced give a very vivid picture of life under the surface of the wild, stormy waters. Few have survived such an experience to give a report. The seaweed wrapped itself around Jonah’s head. At that point he must have concluded that life was over. However, the Lord in mercy and grace was about to work a miracle for him.
This past January 18, a winter storm whipped up some of the largest waves seen on the west coast of Vancouver Island in a decade – and some say they could be the largest ever. Waves 9.5 metres in height were recorded at one buoy just west of Tofino, according to Environment Canada, which issued a gale warning for the region. The District of Tofino announced it was shutting down all of its beaches due to the hazardous conditions and asked observers to maintain a safe distance from shorelines.
We use the word drowning to describe many things – we can be drowning in debt, drowning in sorrows, drowning in work. We always understand what that means. We are overwhelmed by all that we are facing and we feel like the waters of life are rising to the point where we just can’t cope any more. As the prophet Jonah fled from the Lord, refusing to be obedient to God’s call on his life, he becomes overwhelmed. While he is literally in the belly of a fish, he understands that God is teaching him a lesson. He describes it this way in Jonah 2:5, “I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.” While he is drowning in the sea, what he describes here is an emotional and spiritual experience. Being outside the centre of God’s will, he finds himself overwhelmed by all that life has brought his way. We can learn a lot from Jonah’s experience. How much wiser is it to decide to obey the Lord when He calls us. To what is God calling you to say yes to, today?
These have been words from the heart.