The story of Jonah

“Go to the great city of Ninevah, Jonah
was commanded, but Jonah went in a
different direction than where he was sent”

An intriguing story of God’s love for us,
even when we stray from His path, He is always
waiting for us to return to Him!


A far away land is where he was

Headed, going in the opposite

Direction of where God led him.

He was told to go to Ninevah,

But he ran to Tarshish instead.

Jonah is scared and dares not go,

Running to the City of Joppa.

Many people from faraway lands,

Have entered this cities’ gates,

Through these gates now Jonah

Goes, hoping no one will know

Who this man is who has disobeyed.

He had been a faithful prophet of

God, pleading with his people to

Turn from their rebellious ways.

They laughed at him, scorning his

Word they had heard many times

Before.

Among drunken men, with bottles

Of beer

He searches for a bed.

As Jonah sleeps he is besought

With his deceit and lies.

The wharf is wet and slippery as

Dawn slips through the evening

Sky.

Fisherman pull anchors, slowly

Guiding boats from the wooden

Piers, casting nets into the darkened

Waters.

After a restless night Jonah boards

A ship going to this city,

Sitting on an island, surrounded by

Sparkling waters.

We don’t know for sure, and some

Disagree, that it actually dwelt on

An island, or perhaps on the cliffs

Overlooking the sea, surrounded

By shores of sand and palm trees.

Of children building sand castles

And laughing at the dolphins,

While mothers wait on the shores

For the return of their husbands.

Now Tarshish is noted for its metals

Of gold, silver, iron and lead.

A great king lives here, ruling over

All. On his table are many delicacies,

Bread and wine, and the finest

Goblets and plates, made of this

Lead, causing royalty and wealthy

To die at an early age.

But the poor who could not afford

Such luxury, were saved from an

Early grave.

The fleet of ships sailing to this city,

Bare exotic animals and birds,

Monkeys and apes, lepers and tigers,

Peacocks with plumage of

Iridescent colors, strutting in their

Elegant style, crying strange calls

They learned in the wild.

Dressed in silver lace, harems of

Maidens with garlands of flowers

And ribbons at the waist, are

Called to dance before the king.

Spicy condiments and sweet

Pressed wines tantalize the tastes

Of his concubines.

A great entourage of soldiers bow

Before the king, waving flags of

Victory, presenting their slaves before

Him.

Evening draws near, shadows of

Darkness enter the night.

After all this merriment the king is

Tired, calling his musicians to play

Their flutes and harps.

Sailors bearing their treasures

Earn good pay, but dangers plague

Them.

These bronzed skinned men are prey

To scavengers on high. Hoping for

Pirates to plunder the ships, that

They may pick their bones with

Their devilish plights.

Dangerous waves beat upon rocks

And stones, as the sailors swim to

Treacherous shores.

Jonah is tired as he boards the ship

Laying down to sleep, what matter

That the east winds blow, that the

Ship rises and falls from angry waves?

Jonah sleeps through it all!

Neglecting the call to go to Nineveh,

With God’s message to turn to God.

The miles swiftly fly, as currents

Flow between two cities, pulling

The vessel in the wrong direction,

Taking him from where he should go.

The ships white masts shine against

Rich red wood. Carved figures engraved

On the bow, of mermaids directing

Their travels, trusting in the tales

They tell.

Sailors row the ship till the masts

Are blown. Then begins singing and

Drinking from wine skins overflowing.

In the wake of the night, clouds arise,

Fading away the moon and stars.

They have no charts to direct their

Way, and are frightened by the angry

Waves.

Waters are stirred as the ocean roars

Men crying to their gods to save them.

Sea birds cry, stiffening their wings,

Taking flight.

Planks of the ship groan and complain,

Waters threaten to engulf the stern and

Hull. Even phantoms of the ocean’s

Depths fear for their lives, where darkness

Mingles with winds of death.

Sleets of rain tear at their skin, chains

Of the ship rattle and clank. Throwing

Cargo overboard to lighten the load.

All of their possessions sink.

Mice and rats scatter and drown,

Floating in ocean waters for the

Predators meal.

Descending with his lantern, shaking

From fear, the captain calls this strange

Man below. “Arise, call on your God, that

We will not perish” are the words he cries.

Stirring from his restless sleep, lots are

Cast, that they may see who has caused

This fury. The lot falls upon Jonah, who

Fears God, but ran from Him and hid,

Thinking no one would know, but God did.

There is much anger toward Jonah, and

He asks these men to throw him into the

Sea, then it will become calm again.

Jonah is thrown into the waters at God’s

Command, but He prepares a whale to

Swallow him…


It takes a lot of faith to believe this

Story, but God’s word never lies!



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