Ever wonder how the L.A. Dodgers (formerly Brooklyn Dodgers) got their name? In the late 1800’s, the club in Brooklyn was called the “Grooms or Bridegrooms.” Fans coming to their games had to avoid fast-moving trolleys to get to the ballpark, especially as they changed from horse-power to electrical power. The fans became known as “Trolley Dodgers” and soon the team, in 1895, adopted the name “The Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers.” The name was shortened to just “Dodgers” after a while.
Being a dodger, in that case, was a positive.
If you didn’t dodge the trolley you’d get hurt! However, being a dodger is not always a positive. One group of dodgers that are frowned upon are draft dodgers. When our nation is in need, we call upon our citizens to serve. Dodgers avoid that call.
Jonah was a draft dodger. God had a need, called on Jonah, and Jonah ran.
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it because their evil has come up before me.” Jonah got up to flee to Tarshish from the Lord’s presence. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. He paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the Lord’s presence. (Jonah 1:1-3, CSB)
Like Jonah, God calls all of us to change our routine, change our schedules, and change our priorities. His call is often frightening on many levels. And instead of answering, sometimes we run…we dodge.
I wonder why it is that we frown on those who dodge the draft but accept as OK to dodge God’s call?
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. (Jonah 3:1, CSB)
A word of encouragement if you’ve dodged God in the past: You can count on Him calling you again. God does not give up!
So what are you doing today? Are you moving toward or away from God’s call in your life?
*Today’s devotion comes from Rob Purdy. Rob has served as the senior pastor at FBC Seabrook for 15 years. Rob serves on the Blast and Cast Board of Directors.
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