The Belly of the Whale

Have you been in the belly of a whale?

Rock bottom.

There are many ways that we can find ourselves here. Sometimes it’s self-induced, and other times; its just life. We can learn alot from Jonah’s prayer in the belly of the whale. His prayer wasn’t a prayer of deliverance, but instead a prayer of thanksgiving.

“But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” Jonah 2: 9

I don’t know about ya’ll, but my natural first response to difficult times is not thanksgiving. It usually begins with pleading for a way out. I have a very wise friend, and I asked for prayers regarding my sinus problems. (if you know you me, you know 🤪)

Any who, she asked me “Have you thanked him for it?”

Well no! who would thank God for having sinus problems..lol

This question stuck with me. I did begin to thank Him for it. This also taught me to start thanking God for every trial.

Trial – the act of trying, testing, or putting to the proof. test; proof. an attempt or effort to do something.

We tend to think the word trial means something tragic, but its not. Raising kids is a trial, marriage is a trial, your job is a trial…etc.

Any attempt you make to do something is a trial.

I can remember when my smallest child was a newborn. I would lay in her room utterly exhausted and begging for sleep. I just wanted relief. One night; I stopped and I thanked God for the sleeplessness.

I thanked him for the beautiful little girl he gave me.

I thanked him for the air mattress I was able to afford to lay on beside her crib.

I thanked him for my health that allowed me to care for her.

I thanked him for my wise friend that taught me this.

What happened after is so beautiful. I was refreshed. My tired feeling eased and when that little nugget cried again, I got up and smiled and held her so tight with thanksgiving. He didn’t stop the crying, but he did give me peace and the feeling of rest!

Jonah faced a heavy trial, and his time in the belly of the whale wasn’t the bad part. It was the repentence part. It brought him to his knees and he recognized his error.

Guess what?

“and the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land” Jonah 2:10

He was delivered out of the whale. He didn’t take away his responsibility of going to Ninevah, but Jonah’s mindset shifted and he was in a better space to preach to the people of Ninevah.

Stop looking at trials as negative. Thank God for them and grow them. Use them to elevate yourself to a place where God can get the glory.

God will use it rather you want him to or not, but man its so much sweeter when you willingly surrender and let Him see you through it.

The newborn phase is so tough, but allowing the Holy Spirit to wash over me was such a beautiful blessing.

Dear Lord,

I praise you and thank you for every single trial. I owe everything to you. I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for your grace and rich mercy. Lord I pray for the reader who’s weary and tired. They just want out. I pray they can find the words of thanksgiving and allow you to better the situation with your peace. Thank you for Jonah and the lessons his disobedience shows us. Lord, I pray the next two chapters will be life-giving to me and my readers.

In Jesus name

Amen

Week 1

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