Imagine Jonah, running out of town, sitting under a tent, waiting on God to respond to his complaints. How could God have asked him to run through the city of Nineveh, telling people that their city was going to be destroyed, and then forgive them and save them once they had repented? What was God thinking? Jonah wondered.
And furthermore, while he was sitting under that tent, steaming about the situation, God sent a big leafy plant to give him shade, which made Jonah very happy because it gave him relief from the sun. What made Jonah not so happy was the worm that God sent in the morning which attacked that nice plant and caused it to wither.
Boy was Jonah mad. “Kill me now” he seemed to be saying, as he told God he would be better off dead than alive.