A Thanksgiving Thought

There’s an odd scene near the end of the book of Jonah.   The prophet is irritated because God appears ready to forgive the people of Nineveh, who might well rank in the top ten of the most depraved people groups of all time.  Jonah felt they deserved to be barbecued rather than saved, so he stomped off by himself, muttering the whole way, and plopped himself down to cradle and nurture his anger like a mother would her newborn baby.

Honestly, if I’d been God, I would have left him alone to sit there and stew.  But God chose a different option.  Jonah 4:6-7 says, “And the Lord arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun.  This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant.”

I feel a real kinship with Jonah because I’ve had the same experience.

There have been times when my heart was not in the right place.  The reason may have been different from Jonah’s, but the end result was the same: me sulking…me being obnoxiously selfish…me acting nothing like the man of God I am supposed to be.  But, just as he did with Jonah, God went right on blessing me anyway.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for a lot of things and a lot of people.  But most of all, I am thankful for a gracious God who, even when I’m having a really bad moment, doesn’t abandon me, but instead goes right on meeting my needs and more.  Of all things, I think that’s what amazes and humbles me the most.

To all of you who take the time to read this blog, thank you.  And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.



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10 Responses to A Thanksgiving Thought

  1. Oksana kalachik says:

    Yes! This is very true! It’s very amazing! Many times we are indeed like Jonah, but God knows what He is doing and His love never gives up on us! Happy thanksgiving to all 🙂

  2. Bonnie Privette says:

    Amen. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  3. Holly says:

    So true!! Thanks for your encouraging post I love em:) Happy Thanksgiving!!

  4. Marg says:

    Yes this is so true. My tongue gets ahead of me sometimes and God does work wonders in my life each and every day. Thanks Mark and happy Thanksgiving

  5. Kathy Wennlund says:

    I am very thankful for your posts. They are always so encouraging and that is so needed today!

  6. Rosan Germaine says:

    Amen and thank you Mark. You are always a blessing and I have God to thank for that too.

  7. Dolores says:

    Mark…..you are a blessing and I thank God for you and all my other friends daily.

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