Not to Be Confused with Pinocchio
We have been warned by well-meaning Sunday school teachers and by preachers for generations: Don't run from God—remember what happened to Jonah!
This warning has conjured up Jaws-like images of big fish (or even whales, since we sometimes get this story confused with Pinocchio!) gulping down a poor disobedient swimmer gasping for air after being shoved off a boat in the middle of a storm. Poor Jonah. Three days in the "belly" of the great fish (again, probably not a whale—that was Pinocchio).