Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 13 – 19 August 2017
“But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.”
A quick look at the today’s news gave me an insight on what is happening on our world: Many of the news I have read can be avoided altogether as long as those involved either by changing their choices or by doing or not doing something that led them to those incidents.
The question of “What if..?” is bugging us for sometime. May it be from our simple choice or some big mistake we are often curious of what will happen if we chose the other way instead of our choices that we have made.
The story of Jonah is what we can make out of this. His refusal to obey the Lord to go to Nineveh (because they were his enemies) had a consequence: he was swallowed by a big fish. After that experience, he was pardoned and was forgiven. He then went to Nineveh to warn the people and they heeded his warning sparing them from God’s wrath.
The number of “What ifs” baffled me here: “What if Jonah obeyed in the first place?”, “What if Nineveh did not obey the Lord?”, “What if the Lord decided to punish Nineveh right ahead instead of sending Jonah first?” Good thing they stayed becoming “What ifs” or else there won’t be a happy ending in this story.
Whatever “What ifs” we have in our lives, God knows what things will remain “what ifs” and those that will reveal the answer to us.
Life is too short to be wondering, “What if?” – Quoted