Jonah 4:6-7 (NLT)
‘And the Lord God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading Him from the sun. This eased his discomfort and Jonah was very grateful for the plant. But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away.’
Just when you feel God’s hand of protection shading your life, in a split second the worm has come to demolish your last little bit of comfort.
Under the shade of your insecurities and problems you were quite content to pass the days away and just ‘get through’ this life.
All of a sudden you are left naked and exposed coming face to face with your issues. You even go looking for your little leaf, but guess what? It’s GONE!
It brings to the surface impurities from deep within your heart that you never even knew existed; undealt with disappointment, bitterness, ungratefulness, hurt, unforgiveness and/or fear.
During these times, God is creating an environment for change in your life.
God’s concerns are far greater than our comfortable surroundings so allow Him to complete the work He began.