From Darkness to Light

Jane Douglass White

READ : Jonah 2:1-10

Most of us from childhood have heard the story of Jonah being thrown overboard because the sailors were fearful of drowning in a fierce storm. Jonah prayed this fervent prayer when he felt completely helpless in the belly of the big fish. Jonah repented from having disobeyed God. He thanked God, and God saved him in the darkest moment of Jonah’s life.

We have all disobeyed God at some time in our lives. John tells us, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8, niv). Like Jonah, through “running from God” and making wrong decisions, we find ourselves in deep water. We don’t know the way out. When we repent and believe in the power of God through the Christ, we are baptized by his Spirit and are saved from our sins.

Our fervent prayers are always heard, no matter what the circumstances. God is always with us and will guide us out of the dread of troubled waters.

Norman Vincent Peale said, “Prayer may not change things for you, but it will change you for things.” Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we, like Jonah, can know God’s saving grace. Then we have power to live victoriously.


Thank you, Father, for what your Son did to bring us from darkness to light. In his name. Amen.