Jonah Remembered the Lord
2 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. 2 And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice. 3 For You cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the floods surrounded me; All Your billows and Your waves passed over me. 4 Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight; Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ 5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head. 6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God. 7 “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. When our difficulties seem overwhelming, and our chances for survival are slim, remember the example of Jonah. He had tried to forsake his duty as God's prophet, but God had other plans. So as he was fleeing by ship, a storm arose, and Jonah told his shipmates to throw him into the sea. Jonah had been foolish in thinking he could hide from God. But when Jonah came to himself, he remembered the Lord, and prayed earnestly for deliverance. He realized God was his only hope. And God heard and saved him, so he could perform the task that God needed him to accomplish. Are we ready to remember the Lord in our time of severe trial?