Friday, April 15, 2011

Five Minute Friday: On Distance

I'm linking up today over at Lisa-jo's for Five Minute Friday, with the writing prompt:

On Distance

Present convenience or eternal significance. Which will we choose?

My two-and-a-half year old son, the other day, makes a mad dash from his dad and me. He sprints off like the speed of lightening. As we approach, he skids to the nearest chair, throws himself to the floor, buries his head in the carpet, and submerges one arm under the chair. We chuckle to ourselves. We see him. Yet, somehow he believes his escape is successful. Since he doesn't see us, we must not be able to see him.

I just started a study on Jonah, by Priscilla Shirer. Jonah is called by God to go to Nineveh. Instead he turns and heads 2000 miles in the opposite direction. He thinks he is safe in the boat - unseen. God sees.

Jonah did finally obey God, as my son eventually exposed himself, and his obedience had eternal significance.

I wonder what each of our Nineveh's are? How far will we run to escape what we fear God may be asking us to do? What may be pushing us out of our comfort zones. What may be inconveniencing us. Will we fully expose ourselves for the work He intends to use us for - not for our present convenience but, for the eternal significance?


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  1. I LOVE this! Thank you for leaving me with a great question to ponder: "How far will we run to escape what we fear God may be asking us to do?"

  2. What each of our ninevah's are... I've never thought of it that way before. I think I run from a lot of different things, but I pray that I can learn to hear His voice and obey. Thank you for sharing! I'm visiting from Lisa-Jo's blog and it's good to (sort of) meet you!

  3. Oh, this is good! Loved your 5 minute writing today.

  4. Oh, yes. What is my Nivevah? Have I really relinquished all? Do I still seek to run for cover? Amazing post, here. Would love for you to consider linking up to Soli Deo Gloria at Finding Heaven!

  5. good questions! always something to ponder and consider and examine in our hearts =)

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