My first encounter with Mr. J was in junior high, called junior secondary school in my country. I was in JSS 2 (grade 8) and my school was test-running an after-school program at the time. Mr. J was to cover for our English teacher on the day of the said encounter.
But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” Jonah 4:9-11
While there is a lot I am learning lately, this is the one lesson that stands out to me. It is one thing to know something, and another to understand what you know. Sometimes we can learn from the same experience over and over again. Our experiences help make and shape us. Looking forward is wonderful, but sometimes it is important to look in the rear mirror – not for regret, but for understanding.