Jonah is in a world of trouble. God had told him to go east and tell his nation’s archenemy to change their behavior—or else. Jonah hated his enemy so much he hopped a ship to sail west. He claims to worship God, but now God has to gather his attention with a major hurricane (and an enormous fish in the next part of the story!). Now a whole ship of pagan sailors could drown because of Jonah’s hard heart. But Jonah is willing to die rather than help people he detests. He suggests that the sailors throw him overboard, but they refuse to be responsible for his death.
Our world has been turned upside down this last month in a medical hurricane. There have been inspiring stories of sacrifice and alarming stories of selfishness. Where do we fit on that spectrum? The stay-at-home order has cost us a lot. We have been stripped of so many things that we have taken for granted. How have you handled it? Where has your focus been? What might God want to show you during this time? What people could you touch in a sacrificial way?