Jonah stays inside the whale and after three days and 3 nights he finally stops enough to pray. He had run, he endangered the lives of others, he tried to end his own life, being thrown overboard, and now after three days inside the nasty bowels of a big fish, he decides that something has to give. He realizes that this isn’t working and he prays.
God will get your attention. God will continue chasing. He’ll chase you when you run. He’ll pursue you when you walk away. He’ll knock when you’ve closed the door. He’ll send his grace to you again and again. He loves you too much to stop. He cares for you too much to relent. God will get your attention in the storm.
It’s amazing to me that he loves me that much. My love is not that strong. My love is not that unconditional. I tend to walk close to the door, especially when someone walks away from me. Yet when Jonah ran from God, he loved him too much. You can’t exhaust God’s grace. You can ruin your life. You can hurt the people around you. You can make a big old mess of your story. You can’t ever get God to stop loving you. He will get your attention in the storm so you know he’s still there.