Jonah 1:15 – Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.
I read this passage during my quiet time this morning and it got me to thinking! Jonah boarded this boat headed in the total opposite direction that God told him to go, right? Jonah was running and yet the other guys on the boat had no idea what Jonah he was up to. What should have been a normal, easy trip to Tarshish turned wild as the sea began raging. The other sailors weren’t certain but they had a feeling something wasn’t right and that maybe someone was in trouble with God, but who?
As they began tossing their cargo and trying to figure out how to calm the raging sea, Jonah said nothing. In fact, Jonah was sleeping like a baby. It wasn’t until the sailors woke him and told him to pray that Jonah became aware of just how dangerous a situation they all were in. When they sat down to cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah, they asked, “what should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” Jonah’s reply, “pick me up, and toss me overboard.” They didn’t what to and they tried to go back to land but the raging sea only grew worse. Finally, after praying, they threw Jonah over and the sea grew calm.
How many people do you have riding in your boat that’s causing the sea of your life to rage? We so often spend time trying to figure out why things in our lives are “raging” and why situations just won’t go right. At times like this, yes, it’s great to look within ourselves to make any necessary corrections but we also need to take a closer look at the people in and around our lives. Just as God was calling to Jonah and the crew on the boat inadvertently got caught up in his correction, we, too, can sometimes get caught up in God’s correction of others.
Our sea of life could be raging because of a relationship, friendship or acquaintance. We may not be able to cast lots but we can pray for God’s direction and ask him for clear eyes to see if those in our lives are right for us. Then to calm our sea, we just may have to throw some people overboard.
Keep calm and trust God…:)