Recently I keep stumbling upon references to Jonah. First I stumbled upon a mummy’s blog where the mummy was sharing about a whale craft that she made with her son and how they even included a bible verse in the mouth. She also used the craft items to act out the story of Jonah for her son.
Then in the library for some reason I was attacted to a book about Jonah when picking out baby books for Sophia. It was really cute! Each page had just one picture and a word. It started with a picture of Jonah and God where God said “Go” and in the next picture Jonah said “No”. I can’t remember the ship part but then the fish came along and “gulp” Jonah was swallowed. Then “burp” Jonah was spat out and finally ended with God saying “Go” and Jonah saying “Yes”.
Finally, yesterday, I met someone called Jonah. And S, D’s husband, actually followed up with “like in the fish story” or something like that. So I figured God really wanted me to read Jonah. Which I must confess that I haven’t really studied before. Just like to share this very good verse.
1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.
2 He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.
4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’
5 The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.
7 “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
8 “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’”
10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.