“So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD” (1:3). The prophet Jonah is a sort of anti-hero, running away from God’s calling and hiding among pagan sailors. He thought he could disguise his disobedience and live on his own terms, but God in His mercy followed Jonah, even into the sea. The prophet nearly died before he reached out to the Lord for help (2:5-7).
“I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit” (2:6). While we are often stubborn and hard-hearted, God loves us and doesn’t easily let us go.