Jonah is often thought of as a "Fish-story".  Actually, it's more of a "God-story".  It's a story about God's mercy and how wide it is.  So wide, in fact, that people can be bothered by it.  Jonah certainly was and went to great lengths to avoid it.  Like most of us, he wanted God on his own terms.  Yet God wouldn't have it that way and kept revealing Himself in this little story for who He really was.  It's our prayer that as we work our way through this amazing story, we'll be drawn to the God of mercy and will delight in Him... not only for ourselves, but also for the sake of others.