Read Jonah 1:1-2
Normally, I am an upbeat, almost ‘Pollyanna’ type person but apparently, I have been a major complainer lately because my husband placed a copy of Rev. Billy Graham’s column about complainers beside my morning coffee today.
I admit that as much as I love the beautiful flowers this time of the year, I suffer from allergies and all that goes with them – sneezing, red nose, watery eyes, so yes, I complain. I complain about the pollen on my car. I complain about the potholes.
Jonah was a complainer, too. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach against the great wickedness that had come against it. But what did Jonah do? He ran in the opposite direction! How many times have I complained about something the Lord has asked me to do, only to do it begrudgingly or run in the opposite direction? How many times have I inwardly complained because the worship service is running long, and I need to be somewhere right after church? How many times have I run the other direction when volunteers were needed for vacation Bible school or another activity? Does this honor the God I claim to serve?