I just saw a headline that mentioned how a Cape Cod lobster diver was swallowed by a whale. And then he was “spit back out.” Now, that’s obviously a fish tale. Right? Because that kind of things doesn’t happen. Period.
So, that’s why I watched a couple of videos, about the story, online. And the diver certainly looks sincere. He doesn’t look like the kind of guy who’d make up a story like that. And he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who wants to be famous or anything like that.
But still…swallowed by a whale? C’mon man.
I enjoyed some of the comments left on one of the YouTube videos about the diver’s narrow escape.
“The whale feels horrible about the mistake and hopes he’s OK.”
“Whale’s wife: Don’t you kiss me with that mouth.”
“Whale: I always imagined they’d taste different. 0 out of 5 stars, will not try again”
I especially get a kick out of that last Yelp style comment. And it’s always to see news reporters try to make the story more newsworthy. Even as they make their puns.
But, in this case, the story has to be some sort of hoax. Because whales don’t swallow up humans. Oh wait. Wait! I do remember one other time when something like this happened.
Let me see. Where was that? And when? Who? Hang on. It’ll come back to me…
I seem to recall the guy’s name was Joey. Or was it Jonathan? Hang on…I’ve got it. Jonah! Yeah, that was his name. Jonah. But he wasn’t a lobster diver.
If I remember right, he didn’t fish for profits.
Be he WAS a prophet. And he ended up in the belly of a whale for three days. Because he disobeyed God. Whoa! Thank goodness you and I don’t have to end up in the belly of a whale every time we disobey God. Can you imagine? We’d all be belly bound.
But fortunately for you and me, Jesus went into the belly of the Earth for three days to make sure we don’t have to experience that dark separation from God. And so, the only belly we experience is like this…
The Belly Song
I was in a belly; you were in a belly
We were belly babies…once upon a time
Mom was in a belly; Dad was in a belly
We all were belly babies…once upon a time.
Growin’ in a belly…sleepin’ in a belly…
Kickin’ in a belly…once upon a time
Sisters in a belly…brothers in a belly
They all were belly babies…once upon a time
Grandma in a belly…grandpa in a belly
Even they were belly babies…once upon a time.
Laughin’ in a belly…listenin’ in a belly…
Dancin’ in a belly…once upon a time.
© 2007 Tony Funderburk
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