Yesterday in Church we had a talk by another Missionary, and he was talking about choices and paths ... which was really interesting, seeing as I am at this cross-roads. he spoke of Faith and belief that God does know what we nned - and it was lovely to have things re-confirmed.
My faith is strong, but the crisis I am putting myself through can lead me to question whether I am correct in believing I am on the right path. so it was good to hear.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)
He then went on to talk about Jonah.
Two of his points were -
i) God gave him a second chance ... he ran away the first time, but God gave him another chance.
ii) When the storm was bad, he was thrown in the sea. He must have presumed he would drown as the ship headed to safety. Then he saw the big fish ... so he then must have thought hewould be eaten.
However ... God used the fish to care for him, give him the quiet he needed to refocus his thoughts ... and then to take him to safety.
How often to we overlook things that we don't think will help - yet God can use anyone, anything to help us achieve the best.