25. Jonah 1:1-7 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because their wickedness has confronted Me.” However, Jonah got up to flee to Tarshish from the Lord’s presence. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish, from the Lord’s presence. Then the Lord hurled a violent wind on the sea , and such a violent storm arose on the sea that the ship threatened to break apart. The sailors were afraid, and each cried out to his god. They threw the ship’s cargo into the sea to lighten the load. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down to the lowest part of the vessel and had stretched out and fallen into a deep sleep . The captain approached him and said, “What are you doing sound asleep? Get up! Call to your god. Maybe this god will consider us, and we won’t perish. “Come on!” the sailors said to each other. “Let’s cast lots. Then we’ll know who is to blame for this trouble we’re in.” So they cast lots, and the lot singled out Jonah.
I bumped into this page because i feel like a jerk and beating myself up. Looking back at most of the mistakes I made this year and in the past. I am seriously fighting the feeling inside of me and the voices I hear in my head making me doubt my self judgement. I have been so keen on getting married and recently connected with someone I knew a bit from my past. We hooked up and talked for over a year because we live in different cities and I felt so comfortable with him or rather felt I have grown close enough with him that when he asked for us to settle down I was ecstatic and happy cos I felt I’m going to marry my friend. We were making plans to get married by end of the year only for me to start finding out he had been lying to me all the while. Lies that has caused me money and embarrased me in public. I am going to call off the wedding. Now I feel so bad about myself because this is not the first time I planned a wedding and it didnt come through. I feel like there is no respite for me. I am yet to tell him but I know deep down in my heart I cant live with lies. I dread the impending shame and heartbreak i will cause him, my parents and family. Luckily for me I am not heartbroken rather I’m glad i found out about the lies before I said I do. I wish I had given it more time and spent more time with him physically and not just brief visits and telephone calls. Do I have a chance at all. Too costly a mistake to make at my age. My God! Thanks for this article, its helping me. I might paste excerts from it around my house to help me remember that this is not the end of the world.