Jonah, Japanese name, prophet from Middle East, 2500 years ago.
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What is a healthy home.
It is one built on shalom: peace.
Multidirectional good relationship with self, others, environment and God.
Jonah was asked to go to Niniveh, hated enemy of Jonah's people: to tell them God has noticed their wickedness and will destroy them unless they repent, change their ways.
Niniveh was 700 kilometer to the East.
Jonah jumped in a ship and sailed to Tashish 700 km to the West.
God sent storm and ship almost sinking.
Sailors found out Jonah was responsible for their trouble and asked him what to do.
Jonah said he must be thrown into the sea.
When he was thrown overboard the storm stopped and a big fish swallowed Jonah.
In the belly of the fish Jonah looked in 3 directions
Around: aware of the prison he was in: can not go forwards: can not go backwards : no where to go.
Upwards: he saw God was in charge.
Forwards: He saw that God would rescue him.
After 3 days God caused the fish to eject Jonah on dry ground. God again told Jonah to go to Nineveh and tell them to repent.
The people repented.
Jonah sulked: he went to hillside outside town, waiting for Nineveh people to backslide and be destroyed.
He was hot and bothered in the sunlight.
God caused a beansprout to grow and provide shelter to Jonah.
Jonah was comfortable.
God sent a worm
The worm chewed the beanstalk and caused it to fall down.
Jonah was hot again.
And very distressed
And very angry
"It is better for me to die than to live" he complained