Matt was in his hometown all weekend visiting family and going to the playoff football game. Then, he went to Bloomington last night for the college group and to visit some friends. So, I came home to an empty house. Well, my subway didn't agree with me and I lost all of my lunch. (It had a weird taste to it and as I was eating it I thought "I think I might get food poisoning")
Anyway...I was puking and missing home, and the worst part was most everyone I loved and cared about was in Bloomington! I was exhausted and couldn't stop crying for a good two hours. I called my mom and asked her to pray with me (as I am bawling and snot is running down my nose). She prayed that I would seek God's word for my comfort and peace.
Randomly, I turned to Jonah in the Bible. In the last chapter of Jonah, he is really angry with God's compassionate heart for saving Nineveh. He goes out and lies underneath a shaded area and watches the city. God provides a vine that grows and provides shade, but overnight the vine dies. It becomes really hot and Jonah exclaims that he wants to die.
10 But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"As I was reading this, I really felt like God was saying to me "Anne, I have a purpose for you and Matt here in Zion, IL. I care about the people here and you are two of my many vessels! It is my timing! Have peace and patience!"
I went right to sleep after that and when I woke up today I had fresh (and puffy) eyes!