Have you ever missed an opportunity? Do you feel like you have missed the opportunity to have a healthy relationship, to find purpose and success at work, or satisfaction and joy in life?
God, in His kindness, lets us try again even after we think we’ve missed it. This is a trait of God’s character that we can trace back to the Old Testament in the story of Jonah. He was a prophet who initially disobeyed God but then was given the chance to obey him once more.
Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
–Jonah 1:2-3 ESV
Have you ever told God no without saying a word? Tarshish was thought to be the end of the earth and in the complete opposite direction of Nineveh, where Jonah was called to go. Jonah didn’t even pretend to do what God was calling him to do. His disobedience was blatant.
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.
–Jonah 2:1-2 ESV
Missing an opportunity can feel like being trapped deep in the belly of a fish where it’s dark with no way out. It can feel like taking a wrong turn lands you in an impossible situation with no obvious solution. But God is still listening to cries because of His kindness. There is no depth you can reach, no distance away from Him, where God can’t hear you. He still works even in your missed opportunities.
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.
–Jonah 3:1-3 ESV
God lets us try again when He knows we are ready, not when we feel we are ready. And not only does he let us try again, but God puts us in the best position for success. You are not your failures nor are you your achievements. If you have missed a great opportunity by disobeying what God has called you to, it’s not too late. His timing does not have a limit. God will let you try again (and again) and He will be with you in every attempt.
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