But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

Jonah brought a storm to the mariners because he was being disobedient to God and while they worried and prayed to their own gods, Jonah was asleep. How often do we really take stock of the people in our lives? How often do we actually look at the quality of the relationships we are in?

It’s a difficult thing to do. It’s hard admitting when relationships, including friendships, are more of a hindrance than a help. As Christians. not everyone we call friend will be able to walk our entire journey with us. As a friend said to me, when it comes to people they are there for a reason, a season or a lifetime. We need to be discerning. We need to be honest with ourselves. There are people we look at and think “why?” It is important to pray and ask God about the people in our lives so we don’t try to hold on to someone who’s only supposed to be in our lives for a reason or season.

While the mariners were all trying to figure out what to do about the storm, Jonah was oblivious. Having the wrong people on your team or in your circle can invite all kinds of dramas, situations and storms you needn’t experience. Pray for the people in your life but also pray about them. Allow God to remove those whose reasons have been fulfilled or whose seasons have passed. Amen and be blessed!

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