We don’t always have an easy time listening to God.
God asked Jonah to go to Ninevah, and Jonah ran. It’s a story of Jonah’s struggle with God. He tries to escape and ends up swallowed by a “great fish.” He decides that God was right, and God has him spit back out onto dry land.
We spend a lot of time in the fish, and it’s often where God changes us the most. Sometimes we need God to put us in a spot where we remember who He is and what He’s done for us. He knows the plans He has for us, but He also knows that in order for us to see those plans come to pass we have to be changed and molded into who He’s called us to be.
Following Jesus is so much bigger than what He’s calling us to do, it’s about who He’s calling us to become.
Later, Jonah delivers God’s message to Ninevah, but is disappointed when God decides to show mercy to the city. Again, God has to put Jonah in a difficult situation in order to showcase His heart for people. He sends a worm to eat the shade tree that Jonah is sitting under, removing his comfortable situation.
God’s mission is uncomfortable. His heart for people doesn’t make sense to us. Having a real relationship with Him means developing a real love for people who are far from Him.
We can be quick to say “Yes” to God’s shaping process for our lives. We can be ready to learn and grow through the challenges that He allows us to experience. There’s a cost, but it’s worth it.