My two children, Baylee and Emilee are all grown up now. Baylee is 22 and lives in Orlando. Emilee is almost 20 and will be moving out of our home in December (pray for me, I don’t know if I am ready for an empty nest). When they were both still teenagers and lived at home they always knew how to test my patience. However, it was when they were not actively trying to test my patience that my patience often was tested the most. My eldest child Baylee was highly motivated scholastically and my youngest child, Emilee was naturally gifted scholastically. Consequently, I got off rather easy in the department of helping my children with homework. Until that is my youngest started to have problems in high school math. Since my eldest was naturally motivated she pushed herself though her own issues in math with no help from me. This was not the case with the younger sibling, I was going to have to do something to help. Sitting at the kitchen table with Emilee and math taught me more about having to be patient then almost anything else I experienced while parenting. God teaches us about being patience in many different ways.
There are many lessons in the story of Jonah. Read the story and then join me in the video.
Read: Jonah 1-4
Questions to Consider:
- What lessons did you find in the story?
- What can you do in your life to be more patient?
- What do you think God is trying to teach you right now in your life?
Prayer: God of Wonder and Might, what thing would you have me to take away from this story of Jonah? What lesson would you have me to learn? I am so glad that you are a god of mercy and love. A god who is patient and loving. A god who takes time to teach and correct. Help me to be a person who is always learning and growing. Amen.