"Jonah, get up. Pack a bag and head to Ninevah, I have a big job for you."
"But God, they're nasty people."
"I know, that's why I'm sending you there. You need to tell them all hell's going to break loose if they don't stop it."
All this because he didn't like the people of Ninevah, and he wanted to see them get what he thought they had coming. A bad storm, a near-drowning, and three days in the belly of a fish got his attention. And then he went ahead and did what God told him to do, something he should have just done in the first place.
At the other end of the spectrum is Ananias, from Acts 9.
"Ananias, get up. Head over to Straight Street where Saul from Tarsus is hanging out."
"But God, he's killed a bunch of us, and is on a mission to kill some more of us."
"I know, that's why I'm sending you there."
Never did God assure Ananias that he wouldn't be harmed, only that this is what He wanted him to do. Ananias got up and went, and did as God told him. He didn't pretend not to hear, or find an excuse to throw obedience out the window. And look at what happened. We got the Apostle Paul and a good chunk of the New Testament.
And Ananias didn't have to learn the hard way.