Okay… Seriously who doesn’t love the story of Jonah and the whale. It’s a true Sunday School classic right? Well Dan and I read the story during our pregnancy with Mary Anna, and the prayer that Jonah prays while he is in the belly of the whale really hit home with us. We would pray that prayer together many nights as we cried out to the Lord for healing for our girl. Last night as I was feeling a bit like I was sitting in the belly of a whale, I decided to pray that prayer again:
In my distress I called the the Lord, and he answered me.
From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled around me;
all your waves and breakers swept over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountain I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you brought my life up from the pit, O Lord my God.
When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
Salvation comes from the Lord
The very last verse in the chapter says that the Lord told the fish and Jonah was spit out on dry land. Sometimes you just have to hit rock bottom before you can begin to walk again. I think the Lord keeps us in the pit until he knows we are ready to keep walking. As I said last night that the seasons changing and life moving forward makes my sadness harder sometimes, I know that I can look again to the Lord and He is the source of my salvation. It just helps sometimes to see that someone else gets it, and reading that real prayer from Jonah is just that.
We will keep walking.
We will keep praying.
And we will keep singing a song of thanksgiving.