We remember “Jonah and the Whale,” but I’m intrigued by another much lesser character- An itty-bitty worm.
“So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it so damaged the plant that it withered.” Jonah 4:7
Notice that it’s not 1000 worms. That would seem to be what God would do. Just make it like Pharaoh and the locusts. Just send tons of worms to kill the tree! But no, God prepared a one single worm. And just like God prepared a great fish. God prepared a worm and God has a plan for you.
It was the itty-bitty worm versus the big shade plant.
Beloved disciple, what is the plant that stands before you today?
A rebel child?
A dying church?
A transitional community?
A helpless victim?
An atheist neighbor.
A discouraged leader?
God prepared a worm. And God will prepare us as we go.
This is GOD’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as GOD. “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’
Therefore, iity-bitty as we are. Go! Out there!