Be honest. If you had just been thrown overboard into a raging sea and were swallowed by a big fish would you see the blessing in that? How could you see at all? Being inside of another animal sounds pretty disgusting to me! Actually, I wonder what thoughts would be going through my head. I would probably be wondering how long it would take me to die....unless, I got my wits about me and decided that praying might be the best option.
Prayer. Isn't it funny how it is easy to seek God when things aren't going that great? Jonah apparently didn't want to listen to God a little while earlier while He was fleeing to what he probably thought of as the end of the earth to get away from God.
We saw in Jonah 1:17 that God prepared the "great fish" to swallow up Jonah. God was just waiting for the right moment to bail out His prophet. He was waiting for Jonah to ask for help. Waiting for him to pray. Get the idea? Let's take a look at a description of Jonah's prayer from the belly of the fish in its entirety from Jonah 2:2-9:
...I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
I believe that when God finally sees a pure heart, He can't wait to answer our prayers (James 5:16) .When we decide to quit running, to quit making excuses, quit relying on our own strength and start praying, He steps in and blesses us in ways we can't even dream of - in His time.
And the LORD spoke unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. (Jonah 2:10)
What do you need to "quit" doing so that God can put you on dry land? You know He is just waiting on us. Now that is patience.