A Second Time

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In the Old Testament, God directed Jonah to go and speak to the people of Ninevah.

There was a problem:

Jonah didn’t want to go.

In fact, Jonah traveled away to remove himself from the situation.

After enduring the events that were the result of his disobedience, we find that God gave Jonah a second chance.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time:  “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”  The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

–Jonah 3:1-5

I have some azalea bushes by my kitchen window.

When they bloom, they are a vibrant pink color.

There’s been a problem, however.

For the past year or two, they really haven’t been blooming.

Maybe an occasional flower, maybe not.

It looked to me like the bushes were dying and simply going away.

I didn’t try to cut them down or uproot them.

Instead, I paid more attention to other plants that I had in the yard.

For some reason, the remaining, spindly azalea bushes by the window decided to bloom.

Now.

In December.

I am thrilled at their new lease on life as I look at their beauty.

They had a second chance.

When I look at them, I can be reminded that people, as well as bushes, can change for the better.

God is a God of second chances.

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