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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)

TITLE: From the Deep Blue Sea
By Charla Diehl
10/30/13


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His decision to defect brought troubles to one crew
The longer that he lingered, the more their problems grew
The sailors were distraught at this runaway’s confession
Stormy waters tossed their boat in dangerous directions

With Jonah’s instructions, they tossed him out to sea
At once the raging waves calmed and rolled on sleepily
It was arranged that by a fish Jonah would be swallowed
And once inside its belly, fear and anguish is what followed

Not unlike a fish that lay gasping on a shore
Jonah knew foreignness on that slimy belly floor
Like a fish out of water, but somewhat in reverse
For this situation, he hardly could rehearse

Lengthy seaweed fingers entangled Jonah’s numbing limbs
He trembled in the darkness as something nibbled on his chin
Within this desperate prison God had his full attention
Hopelessness led his prayer of sorrow for dissension

Cold as death, three days and nights, but then a turnaround
God’s fishy intervention spit Jonah to dry, sandy ground
Willing now he took God’s message to the Ninevites
His judgment for their evil--destruction--wiped from His sight

In fear each citizen and their king prayed most earnestly
Repentance made the difference--God granted them mercy
“Why the change in plans?” Jonah asked with indignation
Simply put, a change of heart can save a wicked nation
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In case you’ve ever wondered about that large and faithful fish
Did he get indigestion from his living human dish
Did he give a roller coaster ride to the guest that he carried
Or maybe have some sympathy for the one who felt quite buried

Allow your imagination to take you where it will
But know God’s hand was in it all--for the fish--what a thrill
The sea loving creature was obedient without delay
Yes, God can use anything, anyone--even now today


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CD Swanson 10/31/13
Great detail in this entry of the familiar Bible story of Jonah. Nicely done.

God bless~
Beth LaBuff 11/05/13
Quite charming and masterful story-telling in verse! My favorite line, "Did he get indigestion from his living human dish?"