Lent Challenge – Week 3 Jonah 1 & 2

Good Morning all – I hope you are enjoying the readings provided on www.shereadstruth.com. If not be sure to check them out! You can find the other reflections for this week here.

This week, the scripture assignment was Jonah 1 & 2. I really do love the book of Jonah. It can teach us many powerful lessons (as all the other books as well). Here’s my relection – have a great Friday and a lovely weekend!

 

I’ll be honest, my mother is Catholic, my father is not a religious man at all. My maternal grandmother was “very” Catholic. I remember going to Mass as a child and counting down the number of songs until we could leave. We sat in the same spot, with the same people, the same time every week. It really just felt like a chore. As I got older I thought “why do people put so much trust in God?”. At that point I had convinced myself that this God was just a figure of someone’s imagination and that my family had just encouraged me to believe in Him. Like many other people at some point in their lives, I felt frustrated with God so I fell away from Him. Just like Jonah, I was afraid of the Lord and ran from Him. It wasn’t until my own life was in a mess similar to that “raging sea” that I realized I needed that figure and I needed someone to help guide me through life. I eventually found my way back to my faith and greatly appreciate Mass much more.

My life still sometimes resembles that “raging sea” and I often feel very low and discouraged, I’m sure similar to the way Jonah felt in the belly of the fish. However, I am thankful for my struggles. No one can understand the pain (physical, emotional, or mental) the way that God can. After all, He gave us that pain or struggle. He also knows we are afraid. He always has a plan for us and knows what it will take to bring us back to Him. That pain makes us stronger. The sayings go “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” or “God won’t give you more than you can handle”. God is the only one who knows that breaking point in each of us. I trust that when the day comes that my point has been reached, the Lord will free me from this material world and body and allow me to walk in His kingdom, if I am deemed worth enough. Until then, I will look brightly towards the sun and know that there are greater days ahead as long as I know what path to follow…

 

Like I said… the Lord knew exactly what I needed to bring me back to reality and my faith… for that I am forever grateful. These three are the “light” of my life 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Lent Challenge – Week 3 Jonah 1 & 2

  1. Lauren Toohey says:

    Thank you for sharing! Like you, I was raised Catholic and had a similar experience. I knew who God and Jesus were, but I didn’t have a “relationship” with them. I tuned out during the homilies because I wasn’t able to apply what the priest was saying to my life. But then I got to my lowest of lows my first year of college and I knew that I needed to run whole-heatedly toward the Lord and claim Jesus as my personal savior. I didn’t know how hard that was going to be. I am so thankful that God pursues us and runs after us!

  2. Claire says:

    Thanks for your post it is so good to remember that God never gives us more than we can handle and you are rught we can learn so much from times of pain.

    I also wanted to add when you said God will “allow me to walk in His kingdom, if I am deemed worth enough.” That, that is why Jesus came. We are unworthy but if we choose to put our faith in him through his death and resurrection we are washed clean and made worthy. What an amazing victory he has won for us!

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