I love fishing. The biggest kind of fish I have seen up close and personal is a Tiger Muskie. I was fishing with my dad in our 10’ Jon boat, and it was easily 5 or 6 feet long. The thing was huge! But it pales in comparison to the big fish that swallowed Jonah and had a stomach big enough for Jonah to get comfortable and spend time contemplating life. While in the belly, Jonah cried out to God to rescue him and help him. Just before this verse, Jonah thanks God for snatching him from the jaws of death, and he’s in a fish! Sometimes, it feels like life is slipping away. Nothing is going our way. Relationships are broken, jobs are lost, loved ones die, and we run out of money. We lose hope and think there is no way life can go on. It is in our most profound need where we must realize that God is still there. God still loves us. God hears us. It is in the darkest days of our life where we need the light of the Lord to shine brightest.
Father God, thank You for saving us from the jaws of death and sin. We remember You in the valleys of life. We know that You hear our earnest prayers. Help us not to lose hope and enable us to live in the light. Amen.
Jonah 2:7: “As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple.”
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