My person told me that animals are important to God and that there are lots of animal stories in the Bible. I didn’t believe her. Animals can’t read so why would they be in a book. My person told me you don’t have to be able to read – someone else can still write about you. Then she told me a story.
A long time ago there was a big city called Nineveh. Nineveh was full of bad people and because they were so bad God thought they needed to be destroyed. But God decided to give them one last chance so he told this dude named Jonah to go to Nineveh and tell the people to repent.
Okay, okay – my person said this was about animals. I told my person she’d better stop telling me this story if it’s not going to be about animals. She told me to have patience, but she already knows that patience is not my middle name.
She finally put an animal in the story but it was a fish. I like fish – for dinner. Well, this fish decided to have Jonah for dinner. Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh because the people were so bad – so he got on a ship going the other direction. That made the fish happy because he got hold of Jonah and swallowed him. God wouldn’t let the fish keep Jonah though. He made that fish swim back to shore and spit Jonah out.
Okay – so there’s a hungry fish in the story. So what? My person said to have patience – there will be more animals. I’m rolling my eyes now. Finally that dude Jonah made it to Nineveh and told the people they had to change their ways – or else. The king of Nineveh made all the people and animals stop eating and drinking and put on sackcloth (ugly costumes) and call on God. Okay finally – there’s some animals with an important role even if they do have to go hungry and thirsty and wear ugly costumes.
Nineveh turned from its evil ways (I think it’s hard to be bad when you’re wearing ugly costumes – people laugh at you) and God told Jonah that He was happy that all the people and animals had been saved.
Jonah wasn’t very happy though. I think that fish needs to swallow him for good this time.
P.S. One of my blogging friends invited me to be a guest on her blog. It’s all about how I came to live with my people. You can find it here: http://thewriteplacethewritetime.wordpress.com/guest-bloggers/introducing-bongo/. After you read my story check out the rest of her blog too.