Thursday, January 2, 2014

Shadows

I've been thinking about shadows. Especially the term, "Dark shadows." There is only one kind of shadow-dark. 

Sometimes we are afraid of what "lurks" in the shadows. Like death. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me (Psalm 23:4). Or other scary things. Monsters, burglars, people waiting to make fun of us. Whatever it is, it's something that scares us, makes our heart race, makes us scurry past that shadow, for fear that "thing" will jump out and grab a hold of us. More times than not, there is nothing there except for our shallow and irrational fear; something that grabbed us years ago and won't let go. 

We have to understand something about shadows. A shadow is something that is caused by an obstruction that is in the path of a light source. In other words, a shadow cannot exist without light. And the things that hide in shadows are afraid of being exposed by that light.

These "obstructions", these things that block our light source, are exactly that: obstructions. They hinder our growth and keep us locked in fear. But we need to remember that these things cannot actually thrive in and of themselves. They thrive in darkness; they need darkness, like mushrooms, to grow. They are afraid of being exposed for what they really are when the light shines on them. And too often, shadows appear larger than the actual obstruction casting the shadow. 

The only way to overcome the fear of "those things which lurk in the shadows" is to expose them. Once in the light, once we turn and face those things, we realize that they are much smaller than we thought, especially if we are resting in the Lord Jesus Christ. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Ps 91:1). Wow---imagine resting in the shadow of the Almighty? I cannot even imagine how big that shadow would be, but I rest assured knowing that it is big enough and safe enough to scare anything off that might want to cause me fear or harm. 

It is a free and a safe place for those of us who dwell in the shelter of the Most High. If we want to dwell there, we must sit down in quiet, and trust our Lord. And where is that shelter? It is a hidden, concealed spot under the wing of his protection. Hide me in the shadow of your wings (Ps 17:8). It is a place where we can abide--where we can wait patiently for our God to take care of us. Whatever deep and hidden thing that is "lurking in the shadows" will be exposed by His Light. Everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible (Eph 5:13)


What things are lurking in the shadows around you? What shallow and irrational fears have gripped you and won't let go? They feel very real, and they are, because you've allowed them to be. But rest assured, you can overcome them by exposing them to the Light---by abiding in the Most High and resting under the shadow of His wings of protection. Don't wait for the shadows to grow longer, for the fear to fester and gain strength. Find refuge in the shadow of His wings and expose the obstructions to your growth!

Blessings Along the Path,
Mary

Song of the Day

Hide Me In the Shelter (Cheryl Thomas)







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