Described as a modern-day Jonah, life for this wildlife photographer looked as if it might be cut short! Filming a sardine run off the coast of South Africa, the water began to churn and before he knew it, Rainer Schimpf was swallowed up into total darkness. But unlike the fish that swallowed Jonah for three days and three nights, this Bryde’s whale has an esophagus too small to completely swallow him. He was spat out and lived to tell the tale!
Today’s verse expresses the sentiments perhaps felt by this man and certainly by Jonah inside that fish. But it is a cry for help from David as he was scared and depressed by the continual attacks of his enemies. What he was experiencing did not last for just a moment or for three days. What David endured continued for years. It felt to David as if the depths of his despair would swallow him up.
Today marks the beginning of three long days of total despair as Jesus dies on the cross. The whole land went dark as the Light of the world hung there for you and me. But death could not swallow Him up for long. Instead, “He will swallow up death forever” (Isaiah 25:8). These three days until the resurrection represent all the waiting I do. But I wait with hope for that time when all tears, sadness and death will be swallowed up in victory. I wait with hope because I will one day be resurrected as well! He is MY resurrection and MY life!
Help me Lord, to wait with joyful expectation and hope.