What a blessings it is to be able to bounce out of bed each morning on fire to fulfill one’s purpose for living. One of the most potent antidotes to feeling low, miserable and even depressed is having a purpose, knowing it, and passionately propelling oneself towards it.
As an ardent boating enthusiast, I find the behavior of the Bible’s most famous mariner, Jonah, to be quite baffling. At the very height of a furious storm that threatened the very survival of their ship, the terrified sailors cast their cargo overboard to lighten the vessel. Obviously, during such a tempest the safest location is high up on the struggling vessel from where escape might at least be possible. That is why lifeboats on every ship are found on the upper deck. Nobody in his right mind would voluntarily remain far down in the belly of the boat. Many victims of the Titanic drowned down in bottom decks of the doomed liner.
But Jonah descended down into the bilges of the ship, lay down and fell fast asleep.
Clearly this was a man without a worry in the world. But don’t envy him. Only the dead have no worries. And that’s the clue. To Jonah, dying was not that different from his living existence. Jonah was an avoider of challenges.