Shadow by Robin Densmore Fuson
What do you think when you see a shadow? Protection? A Nuisance? A lovely shape?
The other day, I noticed a shadow covering a large portion of our neighbor’s driveway. There aren’t any trees on that side of the street. The shadow came from a tree beside our house. Shadows block out the sun and can be a reprieve from the heat. Protection. A blocking, so you don’t get burned. A place where you don’t have to squint and shield your eyes. My skin is fair so I appreciate all the shade I can get. Shadows also create pretty shapes.
A shadow can also block you from getting the sunrays you desire. If your goal is a suntan or healing and vitamins from the sun, the shade may be a nuisance.
Climbing into a hot car that sat in the direct sun or one that was parked under a tree, makes quite a difference. It’s easier to cool a house that has trees that block out the sun.
When I saw the shadow, the Lord stopped me in my tracks. He said, there is a lesson there. Look at it again.
I took a picture. There are two ways to look at the shade cast by a shadow.
The Lord is our shadow. He covers us with His love and protection. We hide under the shelter of Him. He is our haven. Our security. Our stability.
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1 nlt)
Earlier, I said shade can be a nuisance. Sometimes we put things in the way of the light that comes from the Father. He is shining instruction, guidance, and encouragement and we are hiding from Him. We are in the shadow when He is shining and we don’t see Him. We don’t hear. Don’t listen.
If we have sin in our lives, it is like sitting in the shade away from the needed light, who is our loving Father.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12 nlt)
Are you letting God’s rays of His essence flood your soul? Are you allowing Him to protect you and comfort you? He is all we need.