Jonah and John Brandrick

As part of my series on forgiveness here at DJs, we studied the life of Jonah. What a funny story that one is. Here this prophet of God, reluctant from the beginning, swallowed up and belched out of a great fish, but finally went on to Ninevah and preached. “Repent!”

The whole town repented; from king to peasant they laid aside their evil ways. Now I’ve been around preachers all my life, and when they preach a sermon, they’re really pleased when the “hearers” take the message seriously. If a preacher preached repentance, and the whole church flocked down to the altar and wept and wailed in repentance, one happy preacher would be in that church. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about.

But take a look at Jonah. He preached, the whole town repented, and he grew angry about it. Check it out. Read the whole little book. Strangest story in the Bible, I believe.

Although, it doesn’t exactly parallel it, this news story reminded me of Jonah. Here is a man, diagnosed with a deadly disease, and I believe it is logical to think he was disappointed and wished the diagnosis were otherwise. But he goes out “whoops it up” and spends all his money. When his wish for survival is granted, and he finds he will live, he’s irritated, and tries to blame someone…wants to sue. Read the whole thing. It’s an incredible story…and would someone please explain the story of Jonah to me. I just can’t figure it out!

LONDON (Reuters) – A British man who went on a wild spending spree after doctors said he only had a short time to live wants compensation because the diagnosis was wrong and he is now healthy — but broke.


John Brandrick, 62, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago and told that he would probably die within a year.

He quit his job, sold or gave away nearly all his possessions, stopped paying his mortgage and spent his savings dining out and going on holiday.

Brandrick was left with little more than the black suit, white shirt and red tie that he had planned to be buried in when it emerged a year later that his suspected “tumor” was no more than a non-life threatening inflammation of the pancreas.

Entire story here.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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4 Responses to Jonah and John Brandrick

  1. writeathome says:

    This reminds me of the lyrics of an old song that came out either in the 50’s or 60’s.

    “It’s my party, I can cry if I want to.”

    I don’t think I really understand Jonah or John Brandrick either. 🙂

  2. Shirley says:

    Hello, Carol. The reaction of persons to both life’s joys and life’s sorrows is always interesting. Just can’t figure out some of it…especially Jonah. I just don’t get him.


  3. Jana Allard says:

    Pitiful souls. Do they fall into that category of those we are supposed to comfort?

  4. Shirley says:

    Jana, I really don’t know. God comforted him by sending that gourd plant to grow up over Jonah’s head for shade. Hilarious thing, though. The next day, the plant died. Did God giggle? 🙂

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