Have you ever been in a "see-your-life-flash-before-your-eyes" situation? I've been pretty fortunate in that I can't recall any times in my life when I have been frightened for my life. Yes, I've been on some pretty scary roller coasters, gone rock climbing, and even went sky diving. But none of these experiences had me believing that I wasn't going to make it. Maybe I was naive....
However, I've had innumerable times when I've cried out to God to rescue me from messes that I've found myself in. Some seemed to have come out of the blue, but many of them were messes of my own making. It's interesting that even people who don't profess any faith in God will call out to him in desperate situations.
The wonderful news is that God listens and responds to us when we sincerely cry out to him. That doesn't mean that he will necessarily eliminate the circumstances - he often uses those difficult experiences for our long-term benefit. But he never abandons us. In the words of Jesus, "And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matt 28:20).
This Sunday, May 14th, we're getting to the "big fish" part of Jonah's story. Jonah chapter 2 is his cry for help and the point when he stops running away from God. How about you and me? Will we stop our own running or is it going to take a fishy detour before we start going God's way?
There are a number of things coming soon that you'll want to mark on your calendar:
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church