I just started reading Priscilla Shirer‘s book “Life Interrupted.” I figured it would be applicable because my life has been interrupted, devastated, invaded, redeemed, infiltrated, and turned completely upside down over the last few years. Jonah is packed with helpful, enlightening lessons, which I am sure Priscilla will investigate as we sail along.
The book revolves around the person and story of Jonah. As an overanalyzer with a keen eye for detail, I thought about the story, and right away one detail snagged me.
Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:17
My thought was – How could he possibly have known how long he was in there?
Right? I am pretty sure he did not have an iPhone, a watch, or even a piece of chalk to mark each passing block of time on the lining of the stomach inside the great fish. And do not even get me going on the details of his environment. Pitch black, cramped, lying in digestive juices, take a moment and think about that. YUK!
Whether the three days were literal or a parts of two days surrounding a full day, it was likely 48-72 hours, which had to seem like forever.
When we are in a trial, we may not be able to clearly see or understand what is going on around us or what God is doing. But whenever things are tough, and our trials are lingering on, let us remember – it could be worse. I could be in the stomach of a fish.