Psalm 17:8 – Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. (NIV)
My friend had been going through a long spell of serious illness. When speaking of this time of doctor's visits, tests, and days when she couldn't carry on her normal activities, she revealed that she felt like she was walking through a deep valley. To her way of thinking, the mountains were casting long shadows over her, making it difficult for her to see God in her situation. Shortly after this conversation, God chose to remind me of a valuable spiritual lesson in an unusual way.
The three grandchildren were helping me walk the dog. As we walked up the last hill towards the house, the middle child started trying to step on her sister's shadow, and soon all three of them were involved in the activity. After a few minutes of playing this game, my grandson asked, "Grandma, why do we have a shadow?"
"We have a shadow because our body is in between the sun and the ground," I explained. We went on to discuss how shadows, such as the shade under a tree, can offer us protection on a hot day. No sooner did I have the words out of my mouth than I realized that these truths could be applied to our spiritual lives. When we are walking in a time of dark shadows, and we feel that something has come between us and Jesus, the light of the world; nevertheless, we can know that He is walking with us, and protecting us, right there in the dark shadow.
Hebrews 13:5b – God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (NIV)
Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (NIV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to experience Your protective presence, until the dark shadows in our lives are dispelled and replaced with the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.