“Give it another chance!” We oftentimes hear this line when we are disappointed – perhaps of a job done short of our standards, of a person’s limitation, of broken relationships, etc. When I read again one of the famous Bible stories that I grew up with, Jonah and the Whale (here’s the story for kids!), I think about the times in my life when I asked for a second chance and when I also gave a second chance.
Jonah, who experienced a second chance, couldn’t quite believe that God gave the “sinful” Nineveh a second chance, too! When we are the aggrieved party, it is really tempting to get angry at a second chance. Like Jonah, we have those “pouting-under-the-shade-of-the-vine” moments. But like what the apostle Paul said, “we who are rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians3:17-19) When we experience God’s mercy and love, by His grace, we can also extend the same to others. If there was one aggrieved party that I remember well, it was Jesus, whom Peter denied not once, but thrice, on the road to His death. Yet, after His resurrection, He asked Peter again to “Follow Me.”
Why can’t we rejoice for others’ second chance? Instead of an ill thought or word, why can’t we think and speak of a blessing instead?
When faced with similar circumstances , I will remember what God said to Jonah –
“Is it right for you to be angry about this? “(Jonah 4:4).
Why, we are more precious than a short-lived plant!
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