If you flee from the things you fear, there’s no resolution.
If a D.C. event doesn’t have crab cakes, it’s low-rent and you need to flee.
Anger prepares us to fight and fear prepares us to flee.
I gaze out of the window at the lanes of red taillights streaming towards the hills, the city laid out in anonymous grids and quadrants, the view confirming that I was much more alone than I thought, and all those red lights inspired nothing more than a sense that I, too, should be fleeing somewhere.
There is a payoff for examining the divine author’s literary style. It will tell you something about Him. Whereas, Jonah’s actions are extensively described and laboriously detailed, God’s reactions (although miraculous) are only described in sparse, minimalist terms.God seems much more amused by Jonah than Jonah is with God. Every miracle is directed at Jonah....
If you desire the path of sincerity, develop a love for obscurity. Flee from the clatter and clinks of fame. Be like the roots of a tree; it keeps the tree upright and gives it life, but it itself is hidden underneath the earth and eyes cannot see it.
Whatever criticism we may have for Jonah, at least it can be said that Jonah was consistent. This legalistic, over-judgmental, young prophet will consistently proscribe the most severe form of punishment for the guilty–even when the guilty party is himself. The young Jonah hijacks written Torah to condemn everyone–even himself.