In the belly of the whale, Jonah could no longer run away from God. There he prayed an honest prayer that encompassed a whole range of emotions including lament, frustration, fear, anger, surprise, thanksgiving and redemption. I imagine that a whale’s belly may not have been the most luxurious of accommodations, but in the belly of the whale Jonah was safe from the storms around him, he reconnected with God, and regained the spiritual strength to step back out into the world and be who God had called him to be.
I, too, long to find my own belly of the whale – that sacred space where I am safe from the storms, can pray honestly, reconnect with God, and regain the spiritual strength to step out into the world and be who God has called me to be. My belly of the whale may be my morning prayer, singing loudly in the shower, sacred silence, coloring mandalas, a quick afternoon nap or any other safe space where I reconnect with God.
Where is your belly of the whale? Where do you go, or what do you to reconnect with God? I encourage you to find your belly of the whale and go there often so that you might find renewed spiritual vitality and enthusiasm for living.