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Musings 10, A Whale Tale

August 20, 2017

A young gray whale is swimming around in the shallow waters of Back Bay Harbor in Newport Beach. He has been noticed in several coastal waters from San Diego to Dana Point. The 20 foot long mammal has been amusing visitors, not causing any trouble, but the Coast Guard and Harbor Control do not know what to do with him (or her). He appears to be losing weight, and they are concerned that he might die in the harbor, so they are trying to entice him to leave voluntarily, but he turns away in the wrong direction. Why is he being recalcitrant? He can’t be getting enough food, and there are no other whales to keep him company. Why does he linger?

We might as well ask Jonah, a prophet working for God in the 8th century, what he was thinking when he disobeyed God. Legend says God told Jonah to go to Ninevah, capital of the wicked city of the Assyrians. When he headed for southern Spain instead, he was thrown overboard and swallowed by a whale, where he remained for three days until the whale spit him up on shore. Jonah got the message and went to Ninevah where he preached and made a difference.

Surely God’s eyes are on this lost whale. I see a sermon in that.

(Jonah 1:17) And Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.

(Matthew 12: 41) Jesus said, “The people of Ninevah repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here – but you refuse to repent.”

(Ephesians 5: 8-10) Be followers of God. Be children of God. You were once in darkness but now are the light of the Lord. Walk as children of light.

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