Monday, September 19, 2011


whew. it's too hard to make a decision today about what to blog. let's do some scrambled content, shall we?

let's see. yesterday in church, we finished the 'jonah' series. i cannot remember enjoying a sermon series more. we mostly discussed the end of chapter 4, in which God tackles Jonah's bad attitude toward the ninevites.

Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

Then the LORD God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.

But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered.

When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

There you have it. Jonah was 'very happy about the plant' in his life, but didn't give a hoot about what God was doing with the ninevites. sadly, even when God brought a worm to remove the plant (some texts call it a gourd)...Jonah did not recognize that his own callous heart and need for personal comfort first were a problem for God.

i am jonah. this i know, and this i need to deal with. it's come to this. having two houses (gourds) to concern myself with has made me once again stuck in my own little web of self-issues. God, help me to see past the need for comfort and a paycheck. i need to know there is more.

in kind of an awkward subject matter change, look at what an ikea purchase looks like when you take it out of the box. sigh. good thing they don't really show you that when you are in the pretty showroom!

pretty sure my thumbs will never go back to their normal position after assembling this bad boy. however, i hope it's comfortable to sleep on.

and finally, take a look at the yummy apple i bought at the grocery store yesterday. good for you, but cost a whopping $1 dollar for one apple. um, that is kind of ridiculous. you can actually get a whopper jr. for $1....just sayin.'

:) happy monday.


Karen said...

1. I'm always amazed at the lessons in stories we know by heart.

2. Lattenroste ist sehr gut! You will sleep like a baby on that sucker. We bought our bed in Germany (pre-assembled) and are trying to figure out how to get replacement German-sized mattresses (two on a king+ size bed) in America. Doh.

3. Please tell me it's a Honeycrisp!

bobbione8y said...

1. yes, i did not know jonah AT ALL. now, i just want to keep learning more about the mysteries contained within....

2. lattenroste! wow, i did not know THAT either! does ikea carry weird european sizes?

3. YES. honeycrisp. it's yummy. almost worth a $1 :)

Karen said...

Ikea in America is like a watered-down version of Ikea in Europe. It's spoiled and snobby of me, but I don't even shop there (here). Well, except for the meatballs. I go in the exit door and over to the little freezer cases right by the registers, grab a bag, and get out. No European sizes. :-(

I remember a sermon on Jonah where the pastor brought us all the way across the ocean and out of the fish and under the tree to say this: Who are WE to decide who should be saved and who should not??

Good stuff, that Jonah.