Jonah was a real man who really lived at a real time and a real place. He really was a prophet of God, one called by God to proclaim his word. And he ran. Just like us. Oh, you’re not likely in an actual storm surrounded by actual waves and actually thinking you’re going to drown. It might be far, far worse. You may be stuck in sins like addiction to drugs, alcohol or pornography. You may be consumed with bitterness or anger or unforgiveness (also sins.) As sins, those things will separate you from the love, joy, and peace we were made to experience with our Creator just as much as a stormy ocean. But fret not, for just as God delivered Jonah when he acknowledged his sin and repented, he will deliver us who are his children. He will deliver us in the same manner as he delivered Jonah…through a trial. We know this is for us because it was for Jesus, and we are followers of Jesus…even into death. Listen, and hear the deliverance of our God, our Creator…our Father.