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To Flee Or Not To Flee

Should I listen to that small voice that prompts me to do things to serve my mighty God? The Holy Spirit's relentless prompting. Continuously nudging me for 25 years... write the book. Nope Lord. Not gonna. I am not qualified. I am not a writer. I don't even like english! I am a theologian! I don't like "fluff" books. They are a waste of time...isn't that what this would be?

Write The Book


But what if I write the wrong thing? What if I am misinterpreted? I just can't. 

Leave The Details To ME. Write The Book

Hmm. There is that story of Jonah. I did not grow up in a church where I learned Old Testament Bible Stories. But everyone has heard of Jonah, right? God told him to go and do something and he fled for his life. Jonah 1:2-3, "Arise, go to Nineveh the great city, and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me. But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord."


Jonah knew God was all powerful. When a great storm was about to overtake their boat, he knew he was the cause. And all the men on the ship soon knew too. Verses 14-15, "And they called on the Lord and said, 'we earnestly pray, O Lord, do not let us perish on account of this man's life and do not put innocent blood on us; for Thou, O Lord, hast done as Thou hast pleased. ' So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows."

Ok, so I am thinking this would cause someone to take notice. So Jonah heads to Nineveh like he is supposed to after he is thrown up on the beach from the big fish. REALLY big fish. He has got to be pretty glad at this point. He vows to sacrifice to God and be thankful. Then God shows compassion to Nineveh because they called on God and promised to turn from their evil ways. Jonah says, “Hey! Wait a minute, I came all this way and You are going to let these guys off the hook?" He knows that God is compassionate but he is discouraged. He leaves the city and sits down in the heat of the day. God supplies a plant to shade him, but the plant dies the next day. Then in 4:10-11 God says, " You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work, and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. And should I not have compassion on Nineveh?..."

Oh how often I have fled God's direction for my life. Yes Lord, I cave. I Will Write The Book. 

I will no longer flee. I submit. I trust Him to work through me. Humbled as I am to be His servant.

#notreallyaprincess 


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