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Topic: Shrewdness (03/07/05)
TITLE: Bobbing Up and Down
By Tim Liwanag
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The terrified mariners nearby on their unmanned ship I will never forget. When the wave of uncertainty was about to wreck their hopes, and just to cheat death, they were willing to part with their goods which they cannot tightly embrace forever. They were crying, shouting and begging their gods to save them. And those ridiculous sailors believed that the frightening tempest was a herald of wrath sent to apprehend somebody aboard their vessel. By some means, they figured out that evil journeyed with them and it was the sleeping Gath-hepherian. Oh those gullible men really feared for their souls!
It was very disturbing. Whatever evil that was upon them, they taught there was a cause for it Ė thatís very alarming indeed! The shipmaster told them to plead for their lives. Yet they opted to cast lots and condemn the sleeper. They were frightened when their deaf gods did nothing to stop the rainstorm. For sure, it was a particularly wearisome day. So they resorted to use a small stone to ascertain divine direction and unswervingly unearth an answer for their troubled fate.
Some time ago heavenly forces watched over them. Maybe they were reminded of the infinite blue sky; but without warning dark clouds snuffed out their sign of hope and their light of day. The wind howled and the downpour unceasingly flooded their ship. Maybe darkness was challenging their faith stance and sense of conscience. What spirit could not observe the hand of God stirring behind an unforeseen predicament? And what tongue could not utter prayer that distressing hour, when the soul, broken by fear of death, was allowed to pour into the open its anguish before God who made the unrelenting vast sea.
Still, they concluded in their muddled minds that the Gath-hepherian was responsible for their despair. That the only way out was for them to carry him and throw him into the open sea.
So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.
Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.
Now the Lord had prepared me to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in my belly three days and three nights.
And Iím waiting for the Lord to speak unto me, so I may spit out the Gath-hepherian upon the dry land.
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