Many are familiar with Jonah and the big fish. Jonah thought he could run away from God when God asked him go to Nineveh. Instead, he was swallowed by a big fish. Jonah prayed to God, God spoke to the fish and the fish spewed Jonah on to the land. That is not the end of Jonah's story.
God again asked Jonah to go to Nineveh. When Jonah proclaimed the message that God would destroy Nineveh the people and king of Nineveh repented. God changed his mind when he saw their change of hearts. Jonah was angry. He claimed that because he knew God was a merciful and gracious God, he had not wanted to go to Nineveh the first time. Jonah left the city and pouted.
Jonah 4:6-8 The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, "It is better for me to die than to live."
Wow, Jonah! As God reminded Jonah, Jonah did nothing for the bush. He did not plant it, nurture it, labor over it. It came in the night and died the next. But, God created and cared for the people and animals of Ninevah because they were his children and creation.
Jonah 4:11 "And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?"
God used a tree to teach Jonah and work in his life.