Jacob wrestled with God, saying, “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26). But Jonah fled from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:3). One stood still and grasped God, while the other fled from him. But both were not taking action.
When I struggle to know what words to write, I think of it as paralysis. In my post on Paralysis Prescription, I wrote that it’s difficult to determine at those times if God doesn’t want me to do that particular project at that particular time or if the devil’s trying to make me give up a project with a lot of potential for good.
Similarly, I sometimes struggle to know what God wants me to do. So I don’t take any action. Am I being a Jacob, clutching God until he blesses me? Or am I being a Jonah, failing to go where God wants me to go?