Jonah finally decided he'd had enough storms and enough time in the belly of a fish. So, when God came to him a second time, telling him again to go to Nineveh and preach against the city, Jonah did it.
Jonah preached as he walked the city. He preached the prophetic message that God would cause Nineveh to be overthrown in forty days. But before he could get even one-third of the way through the massive metropolis, something amazing happened. THEY BELIEVED WHAT HE SAID.
When you read Jonah chapter three, you'll see: They listened, they bought-in, they repented of their violent and wicked ways, they put on sackcloth and went without food. The mayor of the city called for everyone to sit in ashes and to give up food and water and to make sure their animals (THEIR ANIMALS!) wore sackcloth and fasted from food and water, too.
They turned and decided God was right, they were wrong, and they would believe him. And so God turned and decided they were sincere and he pulled back on his plans to have the city overthrown.
Jonah - reluctant though he was - was used by God to win over the worst, most atrocious capital city of the time. And God changed his mind.
I know that some of us are thrown by that thought. That God would change his mind. I get it that questions start rolling around our brains about God's sovereignty, his control, his unchangeableness. Those are BIG QUESTIONS.
But don't let the questions obscure the surprise: THEY BELIEVED AND TURNED.
AND THAT'S A STRAIGHT-UP MIRACLE ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.