in I Am Jonah

Why I Am Jonah

The story of Jonah, in the Bible, is the inspiration behind this blog. God sent Jonah to Nineveh but he chose to go to Tarshish. One of the reasons I can make out for Jonah’s actions was that he didn’t believe the people of Nineveh deserved God’s grace.

Other reasons for Jonah’s rebellion are not obvious. While his internal journey and wrestling may not be apparent, his actions are there for us to examine.

We learn that Jonah paid a price to go in the opposite direction. That took him on an uncomfortable journey. His journey of disobedience involved a wrestle within himself. His disobedience impacted the people he came into contact with and put their lives at risk.

Not only that, the people he was supposed to reach were also at risk if Jonah didn’t complete his God-given assignment. What God wanted Jonah to do was a heart for what He (God) had a heart for. His desire was for Jonah’s actions to align with that heart.

IMG_1383 copy

Thus, the equation has Jonah wanting his own way and will. It involves God’s steering Jonah back to God’s will – a display of God’s grace and love for Jonah and the people He wanted him to reach as a result.

God’s grace didn’t allow Jonah to walk away from His purposes for his life and for other people through him. There is hope in his story in that, eventually, He will steer me to who I need to be and what I must do.

The reason I Am Jonah, why I identify with him, is because I’m constantly wrestling with who God wants me to be. He shows me what he wants me to do and I don’t always get it right.

I have assignments He gives me that I don’t always get to the instant He gives them. Circumstances, conversations with myself and other things help me go the opposite direction. It is not that I don’t agree with God, it is that I don’t always find it easy to accept the assignments and what he wants of and for me.

This is blog is an expression, a journal of ‘my- Jonah-self’. I hope to not only feature my musings and wrestling but that of others in their Jonah moments. I want to do this not just for the sake of it, but also as a way of trying to make sense of what it means to follow Jesus, the Christ. It is a way of being real with what Christ followers go through.

As we grapple with the various aspects of what it means to become more like Christ I hope being open books makes following Christ more desirable for others. I hope it encourages those already in the walk to dare, with greater tenacity, to align themselves with God’s will and heart for them.

My desire is that it helps us to appreciate the impact that we are and what we do, in relation to God’s ‘call’ on us, to those around us. To the ones He sends us to. This is about real, everyday life. It is not about being ‘hyper spiritual’ nor being belligerent, but being plain real…

I’m not perfect. I know God has a plan and for and through my life. I just don’t always get it. And, as much as I can point fingers at Jonah, in the Bible, more and more I realize that I, too, am Jonah. Though my name is Blessing, I am also, Jonah. I am Jonah.

Leave a Reply

Webmentions

  • Losing My Religion - Kirk Franklin | I Am Jonah

    […] On the new offering, Kirk has definitely done it again. A challenging message, great music and listening. His music has always been vulnerable. It has always gave insight into what he was working through in life. Like Kirk has always done, he’s authentic as he shares his journey in the faith. […]

  • Talking About Nothing

    […] speaking the message of Christ to the world I wrestle. How do I earn the “right” (or cred) to be listened to without selling out to the message and […]

  • Consistency And Integrity: What God And Me Want

    […] blog is a window into my journey in alignment with what God wants me to be and do. Though I’m the one writing this blog, it is […]

  • My Convenience And ‘Their’ Commitment – I Am Jonah

    […] questions I ask myself have to do with what I am willing to do for God. Perhaps I have it twisted. Perhaps the question I […]

  • Stunting The Gospel – I Am Jonah

    […] also means I should be careful that my worship of God is God-centred and focused. I could think of God’s saving me from sin and its power for the sake of me and forget that His glory trumps […]

  • Answers | Prayer Rehab | I Am Jonah

    […] I Am Jonah, this blog is also, in some way, a journal of how I’m learning to follow Jesus again. Part of it is about chronicling the tension between what God wants of, in and through me. […]

  • What My Blogs And Blogging Looked Like In 2013 | Blessing Mpofu

    […] proved a difficult feat due tot he discipline to write and most challenging to be vulnerable as the theme demands. Above this, what has been most fulfilling about I Am Jonah are the conversations […]

  • The ‘Spiritual’ Books I Read In 2013 | I Am Jonah

    […] stay away from. Fortunately I haven’t come across one in while. I only started, this blog, I Am Jonah later in the year and thus never wrote much about […]

  • More, Deeper Than A Craft | I Am Jonah

    […] sacred, a communion with Divinity and reduce it to a skill we compare with others?! Help us, no, help me, […]

  • Success When God Sends | I Am Jonah

    […] I Am Just Jonah, when it comes to aligning God’s will and […]

  • When I Retweeted The Dalai Lama | I Am Jonah

    […] will people think when I, as a professing Christ follower, retweet the Dalai […]

  • Demeaning Assignments God Gives Me | I Am Jonah

    […] messing with lives you wanted me to touch by being caught up in how I wanted attention. Forgive me. I Am Jonah. […]

  • Running | I Am Jonah

    […] I am aware that I Am Jonah I know to constantly ask and check with myself, “am I running to or from […]

  • Jonah Notes: God’s Voice Through Twitter | I Am Jonah

    […] heart of I Am Jonah resonates with Nicole’s tweet. God, deliver me from this. […]

  • The Compartments | I Am Jonah

    […] I decided God is greater than the diary space I can afford Him. When I restrict God to only certain aspects of my life I’ve, painfully, discovered that I miss out on the other experiences of Him in my life […]

  • The Notifications | I Am Jonah

    […] God, I want to want you, badly. I Am Jonah. […]

  • Terminal | I Am Jonah

    […] scares me that my disobedience or reluctance to obey could affect someone’s life in ways I will never […]

  • God’s Back Turned? | I Am Jonah

    […] I Am Jonah. […]

  • Not Talking To The Guy Next To Me In Church | I Am Jonah

    […] What if my internal conflict and the question of speaking to this guy is God sending me? Am I running? […]

  • Fixing People | I Am Jonah

    […] Jonah(s) […]

  • Boring Christianity And Letter To Critics | Jonah Notes #02 | I Am Jonah

    […] Following and still learning to follow Jesus, the Christ, I Am Jonah. […]

  • Grandeur | I Am Jonah

    […] I am Jonah… Help me, God. Amen […]

  • Not Marked; When I’m Not Sent | I Am Jonah

    […] I’m still humbled and trying to make sense of that. If you’ve been following I Am Jonah you should know, by now, how humbling I feel in this […]

  • On Miley: My First Response And How I Should’ve Responded | I Am Jonah

    […] God, forgive me for judging. God fill me with your love and compassion. I Am Jonah. […]

  • Church Clothes | I Am Jonah

    […] that God accepts me as I am to make me who He wants me to be and not the other way round. The Jonah I Am needs to […]

  • ME | What The Assignments God Gives Reveal (Part 1) | I Am Jonah

    […] guess one of the reasons I doubt myself is simple. I Am Jonah. And I have to keep reminding myself, If God is sending me then I am good […]

  • My Right To Fight Back | I Am Jonah

    […] There I was, for a moment, caught up between what God wants of me and what my feelings wanted. This was a reminder of how rouge my feelings can be and what God wants. I remembered, I am Jonah. […]

  • Making Sense Of… | Jonah Notes #01 | I Am Jonah

    […] most shared post was “Why I Am Jonah“ which introduced the blog, journal, whatever you want to call it. It gave a general […]

  • The Church: Loving Her While Hating Her Practices | I Am Jonah

    […] The wrestle is separating the two. It is staying true to what God wants and my preferences. I am Jonah. […]

  • Someone Else’s Skateboard | I Am Jonah

    […] I Am Jonah. […]