Many of us are familiar with the story of Jonah the big fish. Here is a little recap: God specifically chooses Jonah to bring truth to Ninevah. Instead of pursuing God’s clear calling, Jonah turns and runs as far away as possible. Jonah’s fear got in the way of God’s calling in his life. But our God’s abundant mercy shows up in the form of a fish. Jonah’s 3 days and nights in that big old fish was a wake up call, a call to put aside his fear and replace it with faith.
The past few months I’ve been stretched and pulled in my faith journey. I’ve wrestled with fear and anxiety. When my car died for the 3rd time that week or during the moments I felt like this calling was just TOO MUCH, I’ve wanted to be like Jonah, to call it quits and run as far away as possible (preferably to a sunny locale).
In reading Jonah’s prayer in the belly of the fish-I saw myself. Jonah’s prayer at the bottom of the sea begins with desperation and anxiety. You hear the desperation and fear in his words as he calls out to God. Then in verse 7 it says that Jonah remembered God. Jonah remembered that he was not alone. In that moment, Jonah remembers that God was on his side and his prayer of desperation is transformed to a prayer of faith and praise.
Philippians 4:6 reminds us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philipians 4:6. God hears your prayers, sweet friend. We are not alone, even in the belly of the whale.
I love the verse from the Psalm that says “You have turned my mourning into dancing” When we try to do it on our own, we will always fail. But when we remember Him and lean on His grace, he transforms our desperation into praise, our mourning into dancing and our fear into faith.
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