But what if we tried to identify with the sailors on the boat instead? They tried to protect Jonah, attempting to row back to land rather than throw him overboard. I think there is a lot of goodness in people, and it’s natural for us to want to protect the people we love the most. When they are clearly struggling against God’s path of peace, we want to do whatever we can to “make it better.” But we usually make it worse.
By throwing Jonah overboard, the sailors weren’t abandoning Jonah. They knew he was a man of God (he told them so). And what happens as soon as he hits the water? The storm subsides and everything is calm.
When we draw clear boundaries with our loved ones who struggle, we’re not abandoning them. We are simply handing them over to a loving God who may ask them to face trials, but will never make them do it alone.
But some of us (myself included) get a little addicted to the storm…let’s be real, it can be super exhilarating! So our struggle is to learn to fully enjoy God’s peace.