The Lord’s Glory in Our Failures

When we think of Jonah, we often think about the man and the “great fish” (most likely a sperm whale, if you’re interested) and Nineveh and Jonah’s temper tantrum at the end. But I’ve never heard anyone spend time talking about the sailors who threw him overboard.

They knew he had angered his God and caused the troubled sea they were dealing with, but they didn’t want to throw him overboard because they felt that meant certain death. Despite their best attempts there was no option but to throw the disobedient prophet overboard, hoping that his God would show them mercy. When they did throw him into the sea the storm stopped immediately.

Then what happened?

The sailors sacrificed to Yahweh and vowed to serve and worship only Him for the rest of their lives.

Here’s the thing: God has a plan. And you can’t do ANYTHING to frustrate the plans of God. Why not? Because he knew what you were going to do before you existed, and he planned for your behaviour. And He worked it out so that He would get the glory even if we decide to be disobedient and heard-headed.

Since God’s purposes are going to be achieved either way, you might as well get on board!

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If You Call

Verse 1:
If you’ve been lost and you need a Saviour
If you’ve been searching for a real love
Come and give your heart to the One who’s greater
You’re a new creation, welcome home

Chorus:
Cause He saw you
When you fought against the chains
Yeah He heard you
When you called out in your pain
He’ll be your rescue
If you call on His name

Verse 2:
If you got a burden that you just can’t carry
Give it to the One who can bear the load
Cause He’s got a promise for the worn and weary
He’ll give you life and restore your soul

Verse 3:
Said if you’ve been lonely and you’re fighting shadows
Running from a past that you can’t escape
Step into the light of the God who loves you
And all your sins will be washed away

Bridge:
He lives! You’re alive because He lives!
He lives! You’re alive because He lives!
He lives! You’re alive because He lives!
You’re alive, You’re alive because He lives!

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Newell Brands came to the agency I worked for — ideaLEVER — and needed a new website for their Bernardin brand jars. I was tasked with the project, and it was a huge one. I enjoyed it, though and had a tremendous amount of fun solving some of the biggest "problems" created by our designer. She, of course, is more concerned with the appearance and how user-interactions worked, and I was tasked with bringing that vision to life. It was a great project, but alas, like so many things on the web, that version has since been replaced and much of my problem-solving went with it. But I'm still proud of the work I did. Using HTML, SASS, JavaScript, Gulp, Grunt, Git, and all on a .NET stack.

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