Friday, Feb. 17                     Big Fish, Little Worm

Jonah, the “reluctant missionary,” first was swallowed by a big fish prepared for him by God.  After being burped up on a beach, he was quite “willing to go.”  Later, when he was moaning and groaning over his plight in Nineveh, God caused a vine to grow to give him shade, which pleased Jonah very much.  Then God sent a little worm to kill the plant.  Jonah got that message, too.  This was a classic case of “actions speak louder than words.”  And isn’t it like God to honor Jonah by having one of the sixty six Bible books carry his name?  God is amazing!   The Hornet Song covers this, too.

When Jonah was sent to the work of the Lord,
The outlook was not very bright;
He never had done such a hard thing before,
So he backed and ran off from the fight.

But God sent a big fish to swallow him up,
The story I’m sure you all know;
He did not compel him to go ‘gainst his will,
But He just made him willing to go.

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