This depicts the story of Jonah and the whale from the Old Testament, with a self satisfied, child-like whale, pleased for being obedient to God, and with Jonah surrounded by light within as he prayed for deliverance.
This painting is about the suppositional warfare between Truth and error, evil and good, progress and backsliding, courage and fear. There is a conflict between the evidences of spiritual sense and those of material sense. Spiritual clear-sightedness wins over the blindness of popular belief. Decisive resolve and resolute boundaries win over narcissism, myopia, and hubris. Work on, while wielding the sword of Truth, confident divine Love is ever at hand, your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Survival and salvation is immanent.
This painting illustrates the abstracted feeling and content of Psalm 91. Done in layered oil paint, scraping through to previous layers, it evokes both the cathartic challenges and the redeeming help described in the psalm.