The book of Jonah
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Jonah. The perfect example of taking the long way to a simple destination. Jonah was told by God to go give warning to the people of Nineveh. Because he did not want the people of Nineveh to change their ways and be saved, he decided to go the opposite way to Tarshish. Jonah ran from doing what God said and ended up getting more than he bargained for. He was thrown off a ship during a raging storm and swallowed up by a giant fish until he repented for his actions. After the fish released him onto the land, he gave God’s warning to the people, they changed their ways, and God decided not to wipe them out. We can all see a little bit of ourselves in Jonah’s story. We run from the call of God, we get upset when we can’t control the fate of those who do wrong, and we sometimes get ‘in our feelings’ when God allows things to happen. Jonah became upset with God for not bringing down his wrath on the people and God had to check his emotions. God had to remind Jonah that he was not the one in control and that his grace, mercy and love was available for anyone who wanted to receive it.
Father God in heaven, thank you for sparing my life and the lives of those around me. Time and time again we fail to do your will, yet you remain consistent in granting us grace and love. Lord teach us to be willing vessels for you so that your message of love and forgiveness can reach the nations. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By: Maleeka T. Hollaway
Maleeka Taliha Hollaway is a native of Atlanta, Ga & the proud mother of Kerrington Kaelle. Maleeka is an Internationally Certified Life Success Advocate (coach), candid public speaker, business and branding strategist, notable editor and a Best-Selling author (co-Authoring “20 Beautiful Women: Volume 2”). Maleeka has shared stages with many internationally speakers and she has been interviewed in the U.S. and Africa by many notable influences. She is devoted to mentoring and coaching people of all ages and genders in discovering how to live the life they desire, as she is blossoming into one of the most inspirational and influential female voices of this generation. Her favorite scripture is Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”.