I kind of think that I am quite a bit like Mercer, I just take off on my own and assume that I have things under control. Usually that is not the case, and I wind up sinking and gasping, wondering what the heck just happened. Funny how, when our kids stumble and misstep, it can bring a moment of clarity to our own lives. I wonder what God thinks of my tendency to do things on my own, without asking him for direction?
I can just imagine the conversation that he is having with me, is similar to what one between Mercer and I would sound like when he is determined to do it his way:
“Umm, Jess you should really stop going that direction, you’re going to get into a mess.”
“No, I got it God, thanks for the input, but things are totally under control.”
I am sure that this conversation repeats over and over, until I again fall flat on my face and end up asking God to forgive me for not following his direction in the first place.
The book of Jonah is a good reminder of what happens when we just don’t want to listen to what God has planned for us…
1. God tells Jonah to go to Nineveh.
2. Jonah says no, and runs from God.
3. Jonah gets on a boat, going the opposite direction from where God told him to go.
4. God sends a storm, and Jonah is thrown overboard.
5. A fish eats Jonah.
6. Jonah hangs out inside the fish for 3 days and 3 nights, thinking about what he did.
7. God looks on Jonah with compassion, and has the fish throw up Jonah (ewwwwww).