Updated: May 29, 2022
A little bit of Jonah, a little bit of Jesus.
I didn't start connecting with the biblical characters until I started asking myself:
Where, when and how do I also display these traits in my life?
The story of Jonah is one I believe we all grew up highlighting in the old testament, similar to Abraham's who was told he'll have as many descendants as the stars, Noah who built a boat and took in two of each animals, Joseph and the multicolored coat, Moses, Pharaoh, the 10 plagues, the red sea, the 10 commandments, the Israelites and the idols, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, Job, Daniel in the lion's den, and Jonah being swallowed by the big fish. As I reflect, I too have the option to either be like Jonah and lean onto my own understanding or walk in obedience to God's command.
God spoke to Jonah, son of Amittai but instead of obedience, Jonah ran away.
We later read that he did not run away because he heard God's voice. As it is written in 2 Kings 14:25 his title reads as such:
Servant of the word of the Lord, the God of Israel
Son of Amittai
Prophet from Gath Hepher
There is an intimacy between God and Jonah through their direct dialogues, that removes the idea of him fleeing to hide from God. Instead, Jonah explained that he fled to Tarshish to prevent the Ninevites' access to God's mercy.
"He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity."
Jonah knew God's character, His compassion, grace, and love, yet h