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Belly of a Whale · 21 May 2013

I am glad that I have never had to get stuck in the belly of a whale to learn an important lesson.


The pastor at our church talked about Jonah yesterday. He asked us whether we had ever tried to run from God or balked at something He had told us to do. He asked whether we had ever been like Jonah. Of course, everybody has. We have just not gotten stuck in the belly of a whale.


As I look back at the beginnings of this daily blog, I should have run away like Jonah did. Or at least I should have told God that He is crazy.


Then again, telling God that He is crazy is crazy. After all, nobody wants to get stuck in the belly of a whale for three days. Besides, I had no idea that writing and posting a daily blog would be difficult. It has been a great exercise, but it has not been a cakewalk. And it is far from being finished.


Mind you, I am not complaining. I just did not think it through very well in the beginning.


When I started, I figured I would have enough energy and enthusiasm to get me through a year of daily blogging. I figured I would have enough content that I would never sound repetitive. I figured I was a good enough writer to be able to write, edit, and publish every day without much trouble. Boy, was I wrong. On all accounts.


Still, I am glad that I did not run from God. I am glad that I jumped in with enthusiasm when He told me I ought to write about my journey toward health. If I had thought about it more and ignored God’s call, I might have missed a great opportunity to stretch my skills as a writer. And I might have missed the opportunity to have at least a few people join me on a life altering journey. I might have missed the chance of a lifetime if I had tried to run from God. Besides I might have gotten stuck in the belly of a whale had I tried to ignore God’s call.


I wish I could say that when God says jump, I just ask how high, but I am not there yet. At least I am not running away. Nor am I getting stuck in the belly of a whale.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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