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Topic: Vines (11/21/05)
- TITLE: The Litte Worm That Ate Too Much
By Suzanne R
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It’s not so uncommon for God to command people to do things, but a worm? Take Jonah, that pathetic specimen of humanity, for example. I’ve been listening to him rant and rave for hours now. Seems God commanded him to do something but he tried getting out of it. Idiot. Even worms have more sense than that. Although I guess his command wasn’t anything as good as eating a vine! No … maybe God asked him to do something really hard. Like starve or something.
Seems that now he has done what God asked him to, he is mad because God hasn’t done what he, Jonah, wanted. Weird. If I sulked half the way Jonah does, my mother would spank me as hard as her floppy little head could manage. Even though I’m a teenager now, she’d never let me get away with it. A teenager with a big appetite. That’s why God sent ME to eat this vine!
A smart fellow, that Jonah is, though kind of crazy. He made a snazzy little shelter under which to sulk. That’s where this vine is. The vine has covered the shelter. Looks real pretty. My mum would admire the beauty, but me, I’m a growing boy worm, and I’m happy here at the base just munching through it. I should go and get the family to come and feast too, but it’s a bit far and … well … I’m not feeling so good….
Ooh, my stomach hurts so bad. Think I’ll just curl up in my hole for a bit. My cold wet body is suddenly colder and sweaty, all at once. I think I’m going to be sick. Jonah’s been raving on about being inside the belly of a big fish which spewed him up. Maybe I’ve got a human inside me too, kicking, punching. Oh, the pain. Where’s a bucket? Got to get out of my hole … FAST.
Aaah, that’s better. Need to get underground and rest. Too hot here in the blazing sun. Guess I should listen to my mum and pace myself. Yuck – what a mess. It stinks. There’s so much mushed up vine there … how could I have eaten so much in one meal? Need to obey the Creator’s command, sure, but in smaller lots next time.
Uh oh – guess there’ll be no next time. That vine seems to be shriveling up awfully fast. Could I have eaten right through the stem? Oops.
Listen to that crazy Jonah fellow carry on. Anyone would have thought he’d planted the vine and made it grow. But he didn’t. It was a one day wonder that God brought about. That God commanded me, a worm, to eat. Jonah reckons he wants to die. He’s a basket case.
Good to be underground out of the sun. Good to lie still. Still not feeling too great.
Listen – the voice of God, the Creator. The one who told me to come and eat this vine. Oh … mustn’t think about eating vines. Got to get some fresh air … quick.
God’s giving Jonah a lecture about how He cares for innocent children and cattle. Yeah, Jonah – and worms too! Those grown-up humans get too hung up on their own importance. The Almighty even cares about a worm like me. He provides food for us. But I don’t dare think about food just now.
God does seem to have a special place in His heart for humans though. He wants relationships with them. Even with the sulky ones like Jonah. Bizarre.
Bit stinky around here. Guess I’ve done my bit. Time to go home. Can’t wait to tell the family about the vine. Think I’ll skip dinner though. They can eat and I’ll talk.
Bye, Jonah! You don’t even know I’m here do you? You’re too busy sulking under that dead vine. Ha! I did that! I killed the vine! And I did it because God commanded me to eat it! Me … a worm! I taught that human a lesson!
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