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  • Writer's pictureSereta Collington

Crying Out to God in Our Darkest Hour: Lessons from Jonah



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As we journey through life, there are times when we find ourselves facing despair and suffering. During these moments, we come to realize our mortality and the question of what happens after our final breath weighs heavily on our minds.


The Bible recounts Jonah's experience in a poignant narrative found in the book of Jonah (Jonah 2:1–10). In this story, Jonah finds himself at his most vulnerable, crying out to God from the belly of a fish. His prayer is a testament to the transformative power of faith in our darkest hours.


Life Lesson

Each one of us will inevitably face death. The process that follows—funeral arrangements and decisions about burial or cremation—can be daunting for our loved ones. However, our spiritual journey beyond this physical realm truly matters.


I remember a dream I had about my grandmother's death a year or two before she passed away. When she gently chastised me, we fussed over her clothing choices in the dream. When I shared this dream with her, she interpreted it as a sign that she would pass away peacefully in her sleep—precisely what happened.


This experience reminds me of a fundamental truth: When our relationship with God is in trouble, we must die to ourselves so that He can raise us again as His children.


Jonah's Prayer

The prayer Jonah recites from inside the fish in Jonah 2:1-10 is a beautiful depiction of his desperation and repentance. He admits his despair and acknowledges that he has been driven towards God's presence. Despite being in his darkest hour, he turns to God once again.

Amid his suffering, Jonah cries out to the Lord, and his prayers are heard. This story illustrates an important lesson: no matter how far we think we have strayed or how deep our despair is, God listens to us when we call Him.


Crying Out to God in our Darkest Hour

In times of darkness and despair, let Jonah's story remind us that nothing can separate us from God's love. Even when we face the consequences of our disobedience, salvation is still within reach. We must remember to cry out to God during these moments, just as Jonah did.

Jonah's prayer teaches us that we can still turn towards God when we feel abandoned and lost. His love is always there, waiting for us to reach out and grasp it. No matter how bleak things may seem, salvation comes from the Lord alone.


As we navigate life's trials, remember to cry out to God in our darkest hours, just as Jonah did. For nothing can separate us from the love that comes through Christ.


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