'In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From the depths of the grave I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the deep,
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,
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 brought my life up from the pit,
O Lord my God.
'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
forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
But I, with a song of thanksgiving,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
Salvation comes from the Lord.'
And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
A Little Thursday Thought
We can all relate to Jonah at different times in our lives.
When life is going well, we tend to take God for granted,
but when we lose hope, we cry out to him in desparation.
How inconsistent our spiritual lives can become.
A daily commitment to God establishes a sold relationship,
a stronger spiritual life with him.
Don't wait to sink deep before you commit to God.
Salvation comes from the Lord,
who could want a greater treasure???