Imagine you’re on a boat with a friend when suddenly a storm is upon you. The waves are higher than buildings and rain is crashing down with tremendous force! You call on your Bible knowledge and decide to cast lots as to who must be thrown into the sea! The lot lands on you (if that’s how it works). You are about to be thrown overboard! As you land in the icy water with waves crashing all around you, you see something. A large fish breaks the surface of the water! It’s mouth is open like a living cave. You’re swallowed alive.
What would you be thinking in a situation like that? Would you see that fish and think, “Hurray I’m saved!” I don’t think any sane person would. The Bible doesn’t give any details as to what Jonah’s face looked like, but It’s pretty easy to envision. The fish from Jonah is not your average savior. When we think of being saved, we probably think of a police man, firefighter, or doctor.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Sometimes life has tragic events, like a death in the family, what good could possibly come from that? What if “Dave” has fallen away from the Church and the death in the family makes him think about the day he will die? All of the sudden Dave realizes that he’s not ready to meet the Lord and restores his life to God. Sometimes the “fish” in our life can be for our own good. James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Having joy in trials sounds almost as crazy as rejoicing over a giant fish about to swallow you!
We all have or will face large fish in our lives. What will we do when we meet one? Realize that it may be there to help you in your Christian walk. There are times when you may be sacred or confused, but God always causes everything to work together for good…for those that love Him.
Crazy thought, what happened to the fish after it spit Jonah out? Maybe it’s fossil is still somewhere at the bottom of the sea? Maybe others heard about the fish and made a meal out of it! Maybe it married another large fish and its descendants are still around today! We may never know until Heaven.