As the boat slipped effortlessly out into the harbour from the bustling docks at Joppa, Jonah sat down on a coil of rope. He felt pleased that his plan was working but he also felt some foreboding in his heart. Although Jonah was running from the Lord, thankfully God was preparing a great storm and a great fish to help Jonah succeed in his ministry. The storm was beyond his control, uninvited and unpleasant but completely within the control of God, and God used the storm to blow Jonah to his assignment.
Mostly we don’t volunteer to go to the places where growth and the stretching of our faith takes place but Gods faithfully blows us there in His storms. “The LORD is slow to anger and great in power.... The LORD has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm...” (Nahum 1:3) In His storms, people that are against you, like the sailors who threw Jonah overboard, are unwittingly part of Gods plan to help us stay on course. Our difficult circumstances are all conspiring for our success. Most of all, God wants to reveal Himself to us in a way that He never could without the storm. Jonah learned how sovereign and faithful God is and found out how much God loves sinners.
Friends, right now in the midst of your storm, whether people or circumstances, hold on to Him and look to Him, because Father wants to reveal to you something of Himself, that you can only see by going through the storm and He is preparing your “fish” to help you succeed.