Maybe you've even reached this point of anger too…maybe like Jonah thinking God wasn't working in a way that you feel is right or fair.
Jonah's incensed because God didn't carry out the evil he threatened against the city of Nineveh; he's doing what we sometimes do … second-guessing God. We do it when we think like Jonah that others are getting away with something and aren’t paying the price; and we get even angrier with God when we know of good people who seem to be beset with illness, financial woes, or just bad luck.
God uses this experience just like He uses our wrestling over His will and wisdom in life’s events to show why we need to keep learning over and over again that we can’t presume that our will for our lives or others is better than the wisdom of God. Just like in a family, we often seek guidance from the experienced and wise when we are at loose ends, the same is even truer that we should look to God our Father even in our anger to find the peace and reassurance that His Ways lead to our happiness and salvation.
What do you turn to God for today? Is it well-intentioned?
About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!