Link to lyrics of the song I would like to write about.
I heard this song on the radio this morning. It has been out for awhile. It always annoys me. There is rather an obvious reason for that I think but I couldn’t identify what it was that was annoying me on a deeper level. This morning I figured it out.
Luckily it ties right in to what I want to write about for my second Jonah post.
We are entering Jonah 4, and in Jonah 3, Jonah has let the Ninevites know that God would destroy them in 40 days. The Ninevites believe, turn from their evil ways, and begin fasting, then God is merciful to them and spares them. All that a prophet could hope for right? Not Jonah!
Jonah 4 (Contemporary English Version)
Jonah Gets Angry at the LORD
1Jonah was really upset and angry. 2So he prayed:
Our LORD, I knew from the very beginning that you wouldn’t destroy Nineveh. That’s why I left my own country and headed for Spain. You are a kind and merciful God, and you are very patient. You always show love, and you don’t like to punish anyone, not even foreigners.
3Now let me die! I’d be better off dead.
4The LORD replied, “What right do you have to be angry?”
5Jonah then left through the east gate of the city and made a shelter to protect himself from the sun. He sat under the shelter, waiting to see what would happen to Nineveh.
6The LORD made a vine grow up to shade Jonah’s head and protect him from the sun. Jonah was very happy to have the vine, 7but early the next morning the LORD sent a worm to chew on the vine, and the vine dried up. 8During the day the LORD sent a scorching wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah’s head, making him feel faint. Jonah was ready to die, and he shouted, “I wish I were dead!”
9But the LORD asked, “Jonah, do you have the right to be angry about the vine?”
“Yes, I do,” he answered, “and I’m angry enough to die.”
10But the LORD said:
You are concerned about a vine that you did not plant or take care of, a vine that grew up in one night and died the next. 11In that city of Nineveh there are more than a hundred twenty thousand people who cannot tell right from wrong, and many cattle are also there. Don’t you think I should be concerned about that big city?
Talk about a reluctant prophet, not only is he reluctant, he is not at all happy with the result even though that same result was the best that God could hope for. So I find myself asking this week, how often do my own prejudices and stereotypes get in the way of the moments which the Lord may be trying to speak through me? Just like in that silly song, the singer says “How about Beavis and that other guy? Nah!!” Who are we to (hypothetically) decide that Beavis and Butthead are too far gone to save?
I had a much better evening with my daughter last night. Neither of us was grumpy and she was being very good. Very Good! She went to bed early and willingly and slept till 5 when she woke up coughing. That means I got a good amount of uninterrupted sleep. I do not by any means feel caught up, but it certainly helps the disposition I assure you. I woke up a bit late this morning but since she was so good getting ready for school, I was not late to work either. I am crossing my fingers for another decent evening tonight.
On the other hand, she has the strangest little sickness I have ever seen her with. She has a cough, no fever, a runny nose, and goopy eyes. Not like pink eye, just goopy, I have to wipe them out frequently. Sorta gross. Just hoping we have turned the corner with it and she will be over it soon.
Last evening we had such a nice evening watching a video and I got to work on my sock. I turned the heel quite effectively, was much easier than I ever expected. I even brought it to work today as I was way too excited to keep my hands off it during break. No pictures yet. I will get there soon. So I now have a leg and a heel and I am moving quickly into having a foot. The gals at work are sure I will run out of yarn before I am done, but I think it isn’t likely. Even so, if I do, I still have a sock! Something I have been too chicken to try for a long time. It will be good practice. Pictures will come later.
Having a much happier day!
My daughter is again sick. Not really sick, but a cold and a cough. She is fever-less, but the cough keeps her up at night. Which keeps me up at night. It also makes her grumpy to not feel great. Which makes me grumpy. I hate walking the balance of being nice cause she is sick and not letting her get away with things she should know not to do. And when she is this grumpy, nothing, absolutely nothing, is right. I get that 2 is a stage, and when she is healthy, it is a stage I really love. She is funny, smart, and understanding things at an alarming rate. When she is sick, it tries every ounce of my patience and I start to think I should give her to someone else for half a year because obviously single parenting is not successfully attainable in my case. Yes, I know that is crazy talk, I know it is not the case, that I am a good mother. It is a case where my heart says I can’t even when my mind says I can. I also know it isn’t her that is the issue, it is my own insecurities and inability to know I can manage this on my own without family in the area. OK, now I am just talking, because I am just tired. I need to stop talking and eat. Maybe I will get some rest tonight.
After completing 2 WIP’s, I caved and cast on for socks. I have always wanted to give them a try and I am bored with WIP’s. At what point do you decide that a WIP is no longer worth it as your interest has officially waned and you cannot collect it again? *sigh*
I knew I had to take out a bunch of rows to get to a completed pattern so I could start a border. Finishing the pattern was not an option as I was out of yarn. I couldn’t handle the thought of patiently “unknitting” so I thought I would try ripping. But I was scared so I tried to find the row and pick it up on a couple needles. I knew I was on a couple rows but I figured I could manage. Here is what it looked like after ripping the rows. Now you can see that I have half of the stitches picked back up, and sure enough, I am working on a couple rows at once. And finally I have all the stitches back on the needles, except for 2 which I put stitch holders in to make sure they didn’t go anywhere so I could pick them back up as I was knitting. Not sure how I missed two but, it worked anyhow. And finally…..completed project.This was a bear, I was ready to give up and chuck it numerous times. And my daughter now thinks it is fantastic and promptly christened it by wiping her snotty nose on it.