"Stepping Out” is inspired by water and how it relates to trusting God and stepping out of our comfort zone.
The whales reference the story of Jonah. God told Jonah to go preach to the people of Ninevah. Jonah didn’t believe the Ninevites deserved such grace and ran away. (Jonah 1-4) God pursued him and eventually, Jonah ended up in the belly of a whale, or great fish, for three days. Even though Jonah did not trust God’s judgment, he eventually stepped out of his comfort zone and put his assumptions aside. The story of Jonah is also a type and shadow of the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. (Hebrews 8:5) The three gold circles reference that double meaning.
The surface of the water that appears inside the largest circle references Peter’s experience walking on water. He saw Christ walking on the water and called out to Him. Christ told him to come out on the water to him and Peter stepped out of the boat and briefly walked on the water. (Matthew 14:29-30) The ‘water’ in the circle is overflowing the boundary of the circle to remind us that sometimes the will of God is outside of our own plans and viewpoints.
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