Out of the Belly

Out of the Belly

Out of the Belly

“I will pay that I have vowed, salvation is of the Lord.”  Jonah 2:9 KJV

A prayerful Jonah approached the throne of God reminded by his own words, that he would pay what he vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. At depths unknown, Jonah fell silent.

As we continued our journey into Jonah, the voice of the Lord called deep within the ocean to the great fish in its state of dormancy, and in obedience, it began to move. Out from its protective lair, it began its ascent out of the chilly dark abyss and headed toward the surface of light and air. With its precious cargo safely inside, the fish moved smoothly as it glided through the water. Can you see the sovereignty of God here, not just over mankind, but all creation.

Here more of my imagination comes to the forefront. As the fish approached the shores of Nineveh, its now-working esophageal muscles began to go flaccid. Startled by the aggravating noises and movement along the walls of the fish’s stomach, Jonah found himself in a pressurized wind tunnel as he began to move up and away from his current position.

Saturated in complete darkness, Jonah began to yell at the top of his lungs as he was violently tossed around. It was then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. Like a slingshot, he was spewed up and out of the fish’s mouth. A yelling Jonah catapulted, taking a hard nosedive as he went headfirst into the sand.

Coughing and shaking off the sand with the smell of fish all over him, he began to wipe his face and head with his hands. He breathed the fresh air deeply as he weakly pulled himself up from the sand. He turned around toward the sea, hoping to steal a glimpse of his underwater prison, but it was nowhere to be found-no evidence for his now curious eyes. Only memories of darkness and the smell of rotten fish.

A bewildered prophet stood shoeless in the shallow waters, looking at calm, rolling waves approaching the shore. He stood as a silhouette. His undernourished body reflecting off the water. The rays of sun filled the sky, scattering colors of oranges and dark blues as it began to disappear behind the clouds of night. With no words to describe where or what he had been through, he silently took a seat on the sand, mesmerized by the ocean.

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

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