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I will always remember how
I felt on that day
When out of the water
I heard the Lord say,
"Arise, My Great creature,
you must serve your Creator,"
And even for whales,
there is nothing greater.

As soon as I heard
His Almighty command
I immediately left
to fulfill My Lord's plan.
For since whales were created
to live with the fishes
We have instantly moved
to obey all His wishes.

I swam and I swam
'til a storm made me stop;
I knew that to breathe
I must reach the top.
As my head broke the surface
I saw a huge ship,
Tossed about by the storm
so it might even flip.
There on the deck
I could see the men talking;
The ship tossed and turned
so they had trouble walking.
Why does the wind
make these waves on the sea?
Then Jonah cried out,
"This storm's caused by me!"
"I am God's prophet
who fled from the Lord,
To save your great ship,
throw me overboard."
Finally Jonah
was thrown in the sea
While each man prayed,
"Lord--please forgive me!"
Alone in the sea
Jonah felt out of place--
When he saw me coming
there was fear on his face.
Having opened my mouth,
I took Jonah inside
Where secure in my stomach
he would safely abide.
As Jonah was praying
from deep in my belly,
The thought I was thinking
made me shiver like jelly.
Of all of God's creatures
that He could have asked,
How thrilled was this whale
to be given the task.
After swimming toward shore
three days and three nights,
I sent Jonah sprawling--
what a terrible sight!
His skin was so white
and his hair so in patches
That the people ran quickly
to lock their door latches.
And now on to Nineveh
Jonah went on the run
to warn all the people
of God's judgment to come.
Throughout the great city
his message did ring;
He reached all the people,
including the king.
The king had decided
that all must repent;
For sackcloth and ashes
the servants were sent.
He told all his people
not to drink or eat,
But to pray to the Lord,
His forgiveness to seek.
When God heard the people
and saw them repent,
He turned from His wrath--
no judgment was sent.
The people rejoiced
and sang praises to God,
But somehow ol' Jonah
thought all this was odd.
For Jonah was angry
and wanted to die;
He sat under a vine
and asked the Lord, "Why?"
As a worm struck the vine
and the sun burned his head,
Poor Jonah cried out,
"I'd be better off dead!"
Then the Lord spoke to Jonah,
"You made not the vine.
You made not the worm.
These things are all Mine.
And so are these people
who did quickly repent.
I've forgiven their sins;
no judgment was sent."
Thus Jonah had learned
that all things the Lord made
Should honor and serve Him
and not be dismayed.
For men, just like whales,
should love their Creator
Trying to please Him,
for nothing is greater.