I have a theory that boys have an overactive stupidaline gland. This gland can remain productive far into adulthood for some guys. When stupidaline kicks in, they do stupid things. The kind of things that keep the show “Funniest Home Videos” on the air.
Even I have suffered from stupidaline rushes. Not so much anymore, but when I was a boy I did. I remember trying different stunts on my bicycle. Most of which didn’t go very well. Take the time I decided to pop a wheelie off a picnic table at my friend’s house. My mind pictured a really cool stunt, but reality stepped in and changed the image. I struggled to get my bike up on the table, then hopped on. I pushed off, put my feet on the pedals, pulled up on the handlebars and hit the ground face first. Somehow the wheelie never happened. Stars floated around, pain slowly made itself known. I could hear something, but what was it? Laughter? Yes, my friend was laughing. His mother came outside and asked, “Why would you do such a thing?”
It seems the sailors couldn’t figure Jonah out. They asked him many questions and including, “Why hast thou done this?” I know the answer. Stupidaline. I can learn from this passage that running from God isn’t wise. In fact, it just could be actions spurred by stupidaline.
“Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.” Jonah 1:8-10
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