"But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
After Jonah runs from God's calling to preach to Nineveh, God sends a great storm after Jonah. The sailors hurl Jonah and into the sea and a large fish comes and swallows him, saving him from drowning. Jonah recognizes that the Lord sent the fish to save him.
"Salvation comes from the Lord." Jonah can no longer deny God's sovereignty in salvation. God wanted Nineveh to hear of him and repent. Even in Jonah's disobedience, God keeps Jonah in his will.
We can run from God, but he will always run after his children. We cannot escape his sovereign will-a truth that is meant to comfort us because we serve a God who is good and faithful.
This is probably my favorite of the Jesse Tree ornaments-my kids love this one too. I am not sure how this idea popped into my head, but I had these clear ball ornaments and went from there. Inside the fish, you can see Jonah (which is actually a Joseph button from a set of Nativity button). You can also see seaweed (green embroidery string) and dead fish (printed and cut out). I made made the fish tail and fins with blue iridescent scrapbook paper and sequins. The mouth is a bead.
Read Day 15: Grace in the Fire
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