Sooooo… Did anyone besides my friend Jennifer realize I skipped Jonah last week? I sure didn’t. And I double-checked. When Word Wednesday started, I knew mixing something up was inevitable. I’m surprised it took this long to happen. 🙂 Anyway, this week we are in Jonah (which comes before Micah) and next week will be Nahum. So, take a glance at Jonah–it’s a short book–and drop into the comments to tell us what verse speaks to you!
Jonah 2:2 (NIV)–He said, “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
This verse is one of the reasons I love Word Wednesday so much. There are verses that sink into me for a season, but then they sort of drift away when the season is gone. This one deserves to be tattoed on my forehead or something, because it is the story of my deliverance. When I was going through that ten-year season of fear, I cried out so many times for God to deliver me. There were times I figured He had reason to leave me in my very own whale belly. But after ten years, He set me fully, totally free! Completely. If this verse doesn’t demonstrate that, then nothing does. I cried out, He answered me, and He delivered me from some very deep depths. It’s such love.
Know my favorite part? It’s not that He heard me… It’s that He listened to me. Very big difference there, huh? Our God not only hears our cries, He turns His ear to us and deliberately listens. Imagine that. The Lord of All Creation pays attention to us. There’s not a more amazing truth in the universe than that!