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What are your vines?

"But the Lord said, 'You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow.  It sprang up overnight and died overnight.  But Ninevah has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well.  Should I not be concerned about that great city?' " Jonah 4:10-11 This quote comes from the book of Jonah, which tells the story of a reluctant prophet sent to his hated enemy; he was sent to call them to repent and worship the only true God.  When his enemies repented, Jonah was upset, and for good reason.  Around one hundred years later, Assyria would capture Israel and take them into captivity.  Jonah was not only reluctant to go to his enemy, he was distraught when their repentance led to salvation.  In chapter 4, Jonah is demoralized, and he lies down in depression.  God asks him, "Do you have any right to be angry?"  Jonah then sits down to rest, and the Bible says