But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?”
“I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.” (Jonah 4:9)
Look, I’d love to say that I can’t identify with Jonah at all here, that I’ve never been whiny and self-righteous and small before the Lord.
But He knows better.
And, probably, so do you.
What amazes me at this point in the story is God’s reaction. He reasons with Jonah, talks him off the ledge. Frankly, after all of Jonah’s lip and disobedience I would likely say, “You got it, kid!” and reduce him to a pile of fish-smelling ashes.
Let’s call it Reason #8635 to be glad I’m not God, and give a loud Huzzah for mercy.
Happy Thursday, Beloved.