As we all know, Jonah is the shortest book in the bible, coming in at a mere three verses. It tells us of a call placed upon Jonah and Jonah’s successful attempt at ignoring it,
The LORD gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the LORD. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the LORD by sailing to Tarshish. (Jonah 1:1-3 NLT)
Why the canon compilers chose to include this fragment, but wholly contained story, in the canon is beyond me, but I believe that looking closely, we can see that Jonah was successful in escaping God’s call. No doubt, what the story which ends abruptly with Jonah boarding a cruise ship would have recorded was that Jonah enjoyed himself during the cruise and landing in Tarshish, finished life on a beach, perhaps even with a pina colada or something.
What does this tell us? That our freewill trumps the will of God, and that unlike some who believe that they have to surrender to God’s call, all we really need to do is to jump on a cruise ship and relax.