“Row! Row!” the crew members shouted at one another. “Row harder!!”
“Just throw me in! The storm will stop! Just throw me in! I’m running from the Lord! Just throw me in and it will stop!” Jonah was sure that he was the reason for the storm; that he was the reason they couldn’t reach land.
The crew members were convinced that they were going to throw him to his death.
They threw Jonah overboard. Then the storm ceased.
The pagan men began worshipping the Lord, in awe of His power over nature.
And Jonah didn’t perish. The Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. He had a life preserver waiting.
So let’s look at this from the crew members perspective.
1) They saw a problem: Jonah’s presence on their ship
2)They came up with a plan: row to land and drop off Jonah.
3)They went against what they wanted to do and gave up: they threw Jonah overboard.
4)God moved in their life and Jonah’s like never before: they became followers of the one True God and Jonah submitted to God’s calling in the belly of the fish.
It’s hard not to follow our common sense. But the Lord’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. If you are being led to go in a seemingly outlandish direction—go with it, no matter how doubtful you are about the outcome.
The Lord will bless in ways that you would never expect.