Standing at Eucharist this morning, my mind drifted away from the reading of the book of 1st Kings. It landed on an argument I’d had last night with another brother that still wasn’t resolved. Thinking about it made me feel upset all over again. The memory brought back the same anger and hurt feelings, and reminded me of the mean words I had thrown out my mouth at him. My defense theory was building well when this image of Jonah caught my eye.
I’d never seen it as such an active move on Jonah’s part. Emotionally, I was not ready to jump back into the stormy sea, even if this is what God wanted. But, like Jonah, sometimes it takes a very bold and active choice to calm the waters inside.