Read Jonah 1:1-2
“Oh, Magoo, you’ve done it again!” Anyone familiar with Saturday morning cartoons from the 50s and 60s will recall this phrase about the bumbling and nearsighted Mr. Magoo. His refusal to wear his glasses caused him to leave a wake of havoc everywhere he went. Yet Mr. Magoo always seemed to emerge from his travels unscathed and oblivious to the wreckage behind him. I’ve known people like this. I’ve been people like this. How many times have we blown through a room unaware that our actions, opinions, or oblivion have left a wake of wounded wreckage?
Jonah knew what God told him to do. God spoke plainly. Jonah heard but he refused to listen. Regardless of whether it was prejudice, fear, stubbornness, or, perhaps a false humility, Jonah was God’s prophet, and he did not heed the Word of the Lord. He chose instead to make his own myopic choice. Much like Mr. Magoo, but without the humor, a nearsighted Jonah sets out on a path of his own choosing, bringing havoc on those around him. Without the benefit of omniscience, we are called to walk in faith being led of the Lord. When we do, we are salt and light; and, when we aren’t, there is ruin and loss.