A lot of us know the record of Jonah from the Bible. God choose him for a great task. He ran away from God, tried to hide on a ship, a storm came, he confessed he was the cause of the storm, told the men to throw him overboard, ended up in a belly of a fish where he realized his foolishness, obeyed God and went on to Nineveh to tell of Gods anger and how, if they did not turn away from evil they all would be destroyed. All listen and obey and Nineveh is saved.
What I never got was the comparison of the storm to that of the chaos and string of disappointments or loss’s that can happen in our home/life if we choose to let disobedience live with us and within us.
See Jonah was the cause of the storm which was in turn causing not only the destruction of these mens livelihood (the boat and all cargo, tools, ect ) but was certain to cause their death. And how, when the person who disobeyed told them he was the cause, and was thrown out, only then did the storm cease.
Before I was Reborn, I did not understand why all of the bad and crapy things that had happened to me, that had come in and out of my life like a never ending cycle of misfortune never ceased.
Now I see that in past, homes that I had been in were filled with anything but the Love of God and the love for mankind. I see now how easy it is to open a heart and home to receive the Blessings of God by cleaning out of the stuff/people that are causing those blessings to be blocked.
We don’t have to listen to what the world of man decides for our life what we should do, have, watch and who we have to socialize with. That is a no win situation. Man can not improve on perfection yet because of the ego, some will never quit at trying to. But this only builds on the chaos of the masses.
Like for example, ABC family. Their shows are the farthest example from the truth. Yet they sucker millions of people in ( a lot of “Christians” and “good” people I am sure) to watch and believe that their, this one companies opinion of what “family” is, should be your definition too. They mask their hypocrisy by abusing the word “family” in hopes you will invite them into your home for hours where their crap can seep into our minds and those of the zombie-like herds America has become. How many crucial life decisions do we make that are based on what some stranger on the TV has told us?
Back to ABC family- underage sex, drug use, devious plots thought out against one another by juveniles, coddling of the gay lifestyle and murder and mayhem has nothing to do with family- what kind of human would want all of that darkness and confusion within their family? It’s not what any human aspires to.
And if people would just realize how powerful and wise goodness and truth is and the domination it has over evil and how much more appealing a triumphic victory is when it is won by a traumatic, dynamic, wise and yes sometimes even psychical brute strength of man/women in battle that conquer with an “out of this world power” that resides within all of us when backed by the enormity of Gods power and Grace, TV would kick themselves for never thinking that way before -that good is soo much more appealing than bad …and yes, an even more lucrative choice .
Anyway, I now understand the record of Jonah and wanted to share my happiness with you.
(painting, Carlo Antonio Tavella)