As we continue the story of Jonah, he is now willing to listen to GOD, only after his plans to run away failed. And pretty sure he thought he was going to die! The saying “there is no atheists in fox holes” is a military saying Fox holes are where you hide in battle as the enemy shoots at you, how many time is our prayer life amazing when…. we….need….something or in need? Why? Imagine our prayer life if it was as intense everyday as it is when crap hits the fan? Just like Jonah we have this need to talk with GOD when life is tough, and that is good but its not how we are designed, he are made to talk with him all the time, good, bad, board, sleepy you getting me?
17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
1 [a]From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 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.
You hurled me into the depths,
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,[b]
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, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
“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
turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land