This morning as I was setting my kitchen table, something outside caught my eye. It was a shadow. At first, I couldn’t tell what in the world the shadow was. It looked somewhat distorted. Then as the light adjusted the shadow, there it was, a perfectly recognizable image.
Our life sometimes takes on the process of shadows and light. According to www.youngscientistlab.com, a shadow happens when light hits a solid object that does not allow the light to pass through. It is then the darkness is formed on the opposite side of the light.
See, when we are going through a trial, an unknown, or even when watching someone else navigate a trial, our view can become distorted. Just as the shadow outside of my window was unrecognizable, there are times in our life that these obstacles can cause the glory of God to be unrecognizable because we allow the trial to block the light of Jesus. Instead of producing the perfect shadow of His love that we can rest in, it produces a twisted representation of who He is.
The Bible tells us, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalms 91:1 NIV
I think back to some of the trials I have experienced in my life. The ones that rocked my faith to its very core. As I was standing in that trail, the light of God seemed to be blocked by my life circumstances. I could not clearly see His love or hand working in my life. I was stationary in my thought process, unmoving. My unwillingness or inability to move did not cause God’s shadow to shift; it merely caused it to be distorted in my sight.
The truth is, even when we don’t see Him working, He is. We are promised in Romans 8:28 that God works all things together for our good. Our lack of insight into a situation does not negate the fact that our God is a gracious God. Nor does it negate the fact that He is always working for us.
The Bible tells us, “In his defense, Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
John 5:17 NIV
When we are allowing our circumstances to distort our view of Jesus, we are no longer dwelling in the “shelter of the Most High.”
So, today I ask you, are you resting in the shadow of the Almighty, or are you allowing His shadow to be distorted by the cares of this world? I pray you have a clear picture of who He is, and you are resting in Him.
We humbly come to you and ask that you search our hearts. We pray you help us depend on you. So that we may rest in your shadow, we pray that if any of us are struggling, you bring us peace and give us a renewed sense of faith. Amen.
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