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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)
TITLE: If Only
By Cheryl Harrison
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“Why bother?” he sighed into the murky darkness, “nobody will hear you anyway.” A sudden slithery movement near his head sent chills down his spine. He closed his eyes and waited for it to go away. His mind replayed the events of the last few days. There were so many ifs. If only he had made the right choice by obeying his father. If only he hadn’t run away. If only he hadn’t jeopardized the lives of innocent people. If only he had kept quiet about being a fugitive. If only . . . if only . . . if only . . .then maybe he wouldn’t be in this situation.
Despair ravaged his mind, but gradually his thoughts turned to God. From the depths of his heart he cried, “Oh God, please help me out of this trouble!” Then, for the first time since he had left home, a calm assurance washed over him. He began to see things differently.
The cavern began to quake and the sound of rushing water filled his ears. Extreme pressure forced his body away from the walls of the prison cell, catapulting him upward. “Is this what death feels like?” he thought to himself. Then, just as suddenly as the movement began, it ended. His body landed on soft wet sand. Seaweed and other unidentifiable objects were lodged and twisted in his hair. Wet, tattered clothing clung to his body along with the foul odor from the cavern. Nevertheless, he knew what he must do next … he must obey his father. He must see other people through his Father’s eyes.
Jonah squinted into the warm sunlight, then stood and walked obediently toward the gates of Nineveh.
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