“You hurled me into the deep” (Jonah 2:3) not to harm me, but to deepen me, and awaken me to your presence, your will, and your direction. You hurled me into the deep in order to change me into the person you dreamt me to be, to restore the Divine Image in me. If we are not changed by these moments of chaos and crisis, then what are they for?
Thus, this hurling was not malicious and hurtful, but intentional and redemptive. It was a severe mercy, a tragic tenderness, and an exacting kindness. So, thank you. Even though it was incredibly difficult to go through, you accomplished something good and beautiful in me as a result.