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the runaway

Whenever I think of runaways, I am reminded of the story of Jonah. You know, the guy who ran from God and ended up in a whale’s belly?

In John 10, we read “After the shepherd has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.” And in the story of Jonah we see that the word of the Lord came to him. God called on Jonah to do something. He asked him to participate. And like many of us, Jonah’s reaction is one of doubt, fear and stubbornness.

And just like Jonah, I’ve made some big effen messes. I’ve run from the very things I know God was prompting me to do.

But you know what’s amazing?

God is relentless.

He really really is!

Often I’ve been blessed to see that God’s glory if often showcased in the midst of our mess! His perfect love. For imperfect people. He loves us. Even those of us who are reluctant and are runaways.

God calls and initiates. He invites us to participate in something He’s already doing, asking us to join a story unfolding. And the calls themselves are as unique as the people He calls.

What is He asking of you today? What does He want you to participate in?