“Jonah and the Whale,” Friend, December 2018
God told Jonah to go on a mission. He was supposed to go to a city called Nineveh and tell the people to repent. But Jonah didn’t want to go there. He got on a ship going to a different city.
A huge storm came. The sailors were afraid their ship would sink! Jonah knew God had sent the storm because Jonah ran away. Jonah told the sailors to throw him overboard so the storm would stop.
God sent a whale to save Jonah. He was in the whale’s belly for three days. Jonah prayed. He decided to repent and follow God. God told the whale to spit Jonah out on dry land.
Jonah went to Nineveh. He taught the people there. And the people of Nineveh listened! They started following God again.
When I make a wrong choice, I can repent and try again. God loved Jonah, and God loves me!