“This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it.”
I heard it said a long time ago that the only thing constant in life is change. I’m not sure about you but I am a planner. My work as a professional baseball scout requires planning daily, weekly, monthly and yearly for any level of sustained success. As John Maxwell said, “If you fail to plan, then plan to fail.”
When plans are changed it becomes easy to get frustrated. It disrupts the planning efforts made by the individual and a vicious cycle can ensue.
Reluctantly, Jonah did what God asked him to do (Jonah 1-3). However at the end he was angry, and was in no mood to follow God. He was so angry that he wanted to die. God changed plans regarding the people of Nineveh. He didn’t destroy the people or the city who Jonah despised. Jonah was ticked off about it and decided enough was enough and was going to tell God what he thought and how he felt about it.
What’s amazing is that God allowed Jonah to say what he wanted to say, and even provided for his needs while he isolated himself in self pity. Talk about amazing grace – Wow!
God knows our heart. He knows every thought. He knows every word before it rolls off our lips. Yet in spite of all that, He loves us anyway. He is big enough God to allow us to vent our complaints, anger or frustrations. “BIG GOD – small me.”
When God changes plans or direction … trust Him. Tell God how you feel. However, always remember that He is sovereign. He is in complete control. He is God and we are not.
Be Worth Being!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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