I was recently listening to the book of Jonah on my Bible CD’s. You probably know the story. The fish swallowed Jonah and Jonah was inside the fish for three days. But I really took note during this account when it said “God commanded the fish to spit out Jonah.” This is not the only time in the Bible that God communicates with the animals.
I suppose that should come as no surprise. God made the animals! Why would He not communicate with them?
Let me tell you a little incident that happened to me just two days ago. I live in the mountains…fairly deep into the mountains…so that when my husband went away for three days, I kind of felt “out in the middle of nowhere” and somewhat alone.
The first night I was alone, I decided to walk in the front of my house and enjoy the beauty of the autumn evening. I walked in a little path right around my home because it was getting dark, and I didn’t want to stray too far.
Suddenly, a mama deer and her two fawns, who often drop by our yard, came by. I expected them to take off because I was in motion, and that is generally what a deer will do. But the mama deer slowly came close, and closer, and closer, until I was looking at her eye to eye! She came so close it almost seemed as though she wanted me to pet her.
And she definitely wanted to relate with me face to face. And as I walked slowly, she walked with me. I’ve seen hundreds of deer in my life, but I’ve never seen anything like this. She stayed quite a while too. We have “mule deer” in this area and I had to laugh seeing just how big those ears are up close!
Then I thought of God speaking to the whale, and I wondered if God had sent me a friend to relate to when I was lonely. It sure did bring a smile to my face and made me feel better. What do you think?