Words from the Heart for Saturday September 15th, 2018
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 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.”
Jonah 2:1-2 (NIV)
From Inside the Fish
The account in Scripture of Jonah gives us a picture of the wonders of life in those hidden depths. He was cast into the deep waters because of his disobedience. The great fish provided by the Lord preserved him. That place of rescue became Jonah’s place of prayer as he called out to his God.
When we think of Canadian fishing villages, we usually think of Canada’s east coast. So you might be surprised that Canada’s largest active fishing fleet, along with a busy fisherman’s wharf is found in Steveston, a part of Richmond, BC. Fresh fish and seafood are sold daily. Visitors can watch the action at the wharf from one of the many restaurant patios on the wooden boardwalk, while enjoying imaginative Pacific Northwest cuisine, including tasty fish ‘n chips. It is a delightful experience.
One of the favourite Bible stories for every child is Jonah and the whale. While the Bible calls it a fish and not a whale, just picturing Jonah in the belly of a huge aquatic animal brought smiles to every child. The lessons that this story teaches us go far beyond a children’s tale. Listen to what Jonah 2:1-2 says: “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 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.” What Jonah says here is a powerful lesson for us as adults. When we reach times of crisis and distress, Jonah reminds us that while we may feel we are a long way from God, the reality is that He is always close enough to hear our prayers. If you find yourself today “in the belly of fish”, in the deepest, darkest place you have ever been in your entire life, cry out to the Lord. He will listen. For what do you need to call out to God today?
These have been words from the heart.