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Sunday, March 07, 2010

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 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 about 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 mountains 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."

And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. Jonah 2:1-10 (NIV)



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5 comments:

  1. Enjoy your Sunday post. Always inspiring and thought provoking. Enjoy your day.

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  2. Isn't this really relevant for today as well? I'll even talk about my own life. I am so resistant sometimes to what I need to do. A lot to do with fear of failure, not being a success, making the wrong choice. I don't trust myself...and the thing is I don't need to. I need to pray, give it to God and let Him give me peace for my paths.
    Like right now I have a job interview this coming week at a law firm in Marshfield. I need a job, but all this time I've been substituting with hopes of getting a teacher's aid job at an elementary school...I love working with kids...it's my heart. So here I need a job (security!)...but here's this other thing that I love heart and soul. I am having a hard part with right now knowing how to apply, "Be still...and know that I'm God". Flesh Angela not sure what to do vs. Christian Angela giving it to God and trusting.
    My self-esteem is pretty low right now concerning being unemployed for 11 months. Any verses or suggestions to bring me peace I would appreciate!
    May everyone have a blessed day!

    Angela

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  3. Yes. In answer to your question. Was I trapped in the belly of the whale? Yes. I think so. Was I trying to get out? Yes. Did I pray to God? Yes. Am I free? Yes! Glory, Halleleluia, Praise the Lord!

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  4. I also know what it feels like to be "vomited up" by the whale. lol

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  5. Isn't it nice to serve a God that can command even the creatures of the sea?

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