But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city. The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” (Jonah 4:1-11 NRSV)
Has something ever happened in your life that you did think was fair?
Jonah went to Nineveh and told them to turn because of their ways and they did. Jonah did not expect this and was upset when God turned His anger into compassion.
Have we ever been upset about what God does, because it is not a part of our plan? But God created everything and wants everything to be redeemed, and yet we get upset when God brings in someone we think is unworthy.
Yet the old joke is true, when you get get to heaven and you look around you will see all the people you did not expect and they will be staring at you. You will ask St. Peter why are all of these people here, they are the ones that bullied me, and treated me wrong, they lied, and cheated me. And St. Peter why are they staring? Well my child they are as surprised to see you as you are to see them! God decides what needs to be done and does not consult with us, because He is in control and He decides who…