You know what I was saying about choices, well here is a perfect example to illustrate my point – someone who chooses to take a holiday in Spain rather that go God’s way. Who’s this? (There’s a clue in the post title.)
My reading has taken me away from Paul back to the Old Testament.
Need another clue? A funky fish!
Jonah is a prophet, and so his job is to explain God’s way to the people. Often a prophet’s message was a sad one, dealing with rebellion and disobedience; but usually there was a note of hope, telling people how they might avoid God’s judgement. But Jonah doesn’t fancy the task God has lined up for him – “‘Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.’ But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord …” (Jonah 1:1-3)
The Costa del Sol is more inviting than God’s way.
The best-known part of the story follows – there’s a storm and threat of shipwreck, the ship’s crew recognise that this is God’s intervention, and so does Jonah. He knows that he’s at fault and asks to be thrown overboard as punishment. Drowning, however, is not part of the plan. Cue the funky fish who swallows Jonah.
So much for the Spanish holiday!