Big Fish…Big Attitude – God Provides

17 Meanwhile, the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17, Common English Bible).

For Jonah and the boat crew, the storm raged around them. When you are in the wind, rain, and waves, in a small boat, fear can become a constant companion. The waves splash into the boat. When one wave crashes the wind blows another onto the boat and it starts over again as the rain pelts your face and drenches you from head to toe.

Such is what Jonah and the crew faced. And, Jonah knew what and where the problem was. He was the problem and it was all because of God’s anger because Jonah ran from the will of God. Jonah was responsible for the crew’s plight because of the decisions he made. But, that isn’t the point of this post.

Jonah tells the crew that he was the root of the problem and to calm the seas they needed to throw him over the side. The seas calmed and the crew was safe.

But, while the storm may have come to an end, Jonah was still in the midst of the storm. Now, far from shore and surrounded by water he is about to have an even bigger problem than he had while on the ship. Perhaps he was already having that problem. Maybe he was about to go down for the third time and his life was passing in front of his eyes.

The one thing he probably never thought would happen was, he became fish bait. No, he wasn’t shark bait, he was fish bait, divine fish bait. That was the bad news.

There was, however, some good news. Along with the storm God sent some grace and it came from an unexpected place. When Jonah had the crew throw him over the side (sorry, that is some of my Navy vernacular coming out) he probably never expected to survive. I don’t think he expected to be eaten by a huge fish (Yes fish, not a whale. I looked at every English version of the Bible on Bible Gateway and all but one used some kind of adjective for big and fish except the International Standard Version which said, huge sea creature. In fairness, the ancients would probably have seen a whale as a huge fish).

At least to my way of thinking, Jonah never saw the fish coming. He was swallowed up in a single bite and before he could figure out what was going on he was in the belly of the fish. How could he have seen it coming?

But, that is grace. When Jonah needed it most, God provided a life-raft, a living life-raft. Jonah, as he sits in the belly of the fish, probably wouldn’t have seen this as grace. Still, God provided a way when there was no other way.

That, at least to me, is grace. Even in the midst of the storm, God can provide a way.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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