The Book of Jones

In case you’re not familiar with it, there is a book in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible called The Book of Jonah.  It’s the history of a prophet of God who was called upon to go to a city called Ninevah and preach repentance to them, lest they be destroyed by God.  Instead of doing what God wanted him to do, Jonah, who would rather die than go and preach to the people of Ninevah, got on a ship to Tarshish (ran the other way), and God caused a tempest to come upon the sea and the ship.  Jonah had told the ship’s crew that he was basically running from God, and the ship’s crew reluctantly threw him overboard to calm the storm, which it did.  When Jonah was thrown overboard, a large fish swallowed him, and there he sat amongst half-digested seaweed and who knows what else for three days until he prayed for deliverance and God told the giant fish to vomit Jonah out onto dry land.  God told Jonah a second time to go a preach repentance unto the city of Ninevah lest they be destroyed, so this time he went.  The rest of the story, in short, is that the people of Ninevah repented and were spared, Jonah wanted to die again because he wanted to see the city destroyed, and God taught Jonah a valuable lesson or two.

The Doc told me to read Jonah this morning in an e-mail before my appointment, then asked if I had read it at my appointment.  I had.  He said, “I was thinking about you wanting to be a doctor and I wonder if they misspelled it and it was supposed to be ‘The Book of Jones’…  You wanted to be a doctor, and that’s not what happened – you’re something else (a writer), instead.  I wanted to be a writer, and I’m something else, instead (a doctor).  I think the story is worth retelling…” he said with a smile.  We both laughed.  I might write in my Scriptures, “The Book of Jones” in that particular spot of the Old Testament…

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