We left Jonah in the belly of the great fish, and had reason to think that this was the end for poor old Jonah. If the waters of the sea did not destroy him, certainly being swallowed by a leviathan would. But the great fish was God’s means of saving and changing Jonah. One way or another God was going to teach Jonah humility.
In the mysterious safety of the fish, Jonah reminds us that God is working to transform us into the likeness of His Son, whether the darkness is self-inflicted or thrown upon us like a violent sea.