So it occurs to me that the story of Jonah can be seen as a story of his vocation as well. God has called on him to be His prophet to Nineveh. We are each called to a vocation where we can spread the Gospel with the talents we are given, just as apparently among Jonah's talents was preaching.
However, many of us like Jonah turn away from that which our God has called us to. In these cases, He has various methods to convince us to see things His way (i.e. storm and spending three days inside the Leviathan). I suppose how long this convincing takes depends on the hardness of our hearts, but we are each called to go to our own Nineveh with the message given to us.
May God bless all who read my ramblings,
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