There is an inherent desire in all of us to know that our lives really matter. We were created to flourish. Unfortunately, many of the models or aspirations of flourishing from our culture are limiting. This is because they are disconnected from God's original design for us. We flourish most when we find our lives in the overflow of what God is doing in this world.
Throughout the Scriptures, God again and again, invites his people to be on mission with him. However, we have this habit of turning back inward. God will interrupt our wandering to call us back into action and purpose. The story of Jonah in the Hebrew scriptures is one of God's most graphic callings. Where prophets are usually remembered for their words spoken, Jonah is remembered for his unprophet-like actions and attitudes. But the recounting of Jonah's experiences is not just the story of one man. It is a midcourse correction for the children of God. It is also an invitation to all of us to ask if we are on mission with God.