I signed up for this devotion the other day (it’s a good one!) & MAN, did it speak to where I was just recently. You may find it here: www.faithgateway.com/trusting-when-we-cannot-see
“Trusting When We Cannot See: Rescue By Vomit”
And [Jonah] said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, and He answered me.
Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice…” So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. — Jonah 2:2, Jonah 2:10
When the lifeguard’s whistle blows, an ambulance arrives out of nowhere, beach patrol shouts through a bullhorn, and leisurely tourists become up-right onlookers — something has happened. Someone got caught in the riptide and the situation is life or death. Fatigued, the swimmer does not have the ability to swim back to shore.
Someone must rescue him.
This was Jonah’s predicament. He’d been running from God and realized he couldn’t escape on his own. There he was, in the belly of a fish, certain that this was the end. He could not save himself, for there was no way out. So — and feel free to chuckle here — Jonah was rescued by way of vomit.
Many times the Lord walks through the fires and waves with us, but there are times He simply plucks us out of a situation — perhaps one we are either unwilling or unable to leave ourselves — and rescues us.
And, like Jonah’s rescue (again, feel free to chuckle), it’s not always the most obvious form of rescue. Sometimes our hearts are broken in the process. Sometimes we are asked to leave a job we love — or even a job we don’t, but desperately need. Sometimes we must leave behind all that we’ve ever known. And the longer we cling to what we know — the unknown is so scary, after all — the more painful and more difficult the rescue efforts become. Would you be as stubborn if you were drowning or trapped? Taking a cue from Jonah’s story, we might need to be vomited out of a situation right now. There will be time for questions later.
During these doesn’t-seem-like-a-rescue events in our lives, we may get angry. We may cry. We may bargain with God, but this is not a street market. We may beg God for a different outcome — change the person, have the employer admit the mistake and rehire you — whatever it is. We can ask, and God certainly has the power to do whatever He wishes. But His ways are not ours. His perspective transcends anything we could possibly realize this side of heaven. Our vantage point is very limited, and we can’t see into the future.
We can ask God to show us why He’s doing what He’s doing, and one day He might. But more importantly is the day that we can say with a full heart, “No, I don’t see. But I trust.”
Lord, I have been thinking about __________ and how suddenly that situation turned. I don’t understand. I was so much happier back then. But I know in my heart I did all I could do, and Your answer is that it’s done. Help me grow in my trust that You have rescued me from something I may never have to know about or understand.
“…but there are times He simply plucks us out of a situation — perhaps one we are either unwilling or unable to leave ourselves — and rescues us.” – That is exactly what He did for me in November. I was so wrapped up emotionally & so confused mentally that I didn’t know what was left or right. I even started blaming myself for the unraveling – thinking I was the one in error. But it was not me. I did a couple of things I regret but the end result was not of my hand. The little gut feelings I was having all along were absolutely correct. And they only grew stronger as time went on ~ this underlying feeling something was very wrong. And it was.
PLEASE pay attention y’all to those feelings when you have them. They may just save you from a trap, from a shattered heart, from the stone that you thought was bread ~ what you had prayed for..
Just. Like. Me.
And Lord, please help us to stay keenly aware of your nudgings & leadings ~ they are only for our safe-ty & our better-ment.
You are so good to us, in spite of us.
I could double over in wonderment at Your Hand.
In Jesus’ powerful All-Seeing Name,
(image courtesy of etsy.com)