I was a big Veggie Tales fan back in the day. Veggie Tales are animated Bible stories for children. They feature Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato and a whole host of other salad bowl vegetable characters.
Veggie Tales released their first full-length feature film 15 years ago on the Jonah story. God directs Jonah to go to Nineveh to tell people to come back to God. Jonah balks at the assignment. He hops the first ship headed in the opposite direction. The sailors throw him overboard in a storm and a big fish swallows him.
In the Veggie Tales version of the story, angels visit Jonah in the belly of that fish (some call it a whale) to announce God is giving him a second chance. The angels break out in a rousing chorus about second chances. “If you say you’re sorry for all the stuff you do, know that He is ready for a second chance for you…Our God is a God of second chances.”