Do you remember the first time you noticed your shadow? Or even better, have you been around a child that finally notices their shadow? It's awe and confusion all at the same time. Jumping around, stepping high, turning circles and almost always trying to run away from it. All to try and make that strange gray thing disappear or do something different. Shadows can be fun or shadows can be scary. Outside it's fun to try to make our shadows longer or shorter, wavy or straight. Inside a dark room however, a shadow may incite fear. What I like to remind myself is that a shadow cannot exist on its own. It must have 2 things. An object and a light. The light is key because without light, even the object can't make its own shadow. The Bible says Jesus is the light of the world, He is the Son of God. As He shines on me and the objects around me, we all cast shadows. Some experiences are fun and exciting, some are uncertain and scary. My life is a running storybook with daily (sometimes multi-daily) opportunities to see Jesus working in all the little details, both good and not so good because I know Jesus is always around. He will never leave me or forsake me. I want to live my life noticing the shadows, not trying to run away from them, because the shadow is proof of the Sonshine.
The Shadow of My Porch Swing
You will usually find me on my porch swing or trying to get there at least. Warm drink in hand and the best view in the world...4 boys digging a hole. Seriously tho, I enjoy the chance to sit and rest but mostly ponder the life that happens in between each of those sways of that swing. As the sun rises and sets, the shadow of that swing moves across my porch reminding me that Jesus is always shining on each moment. May you find hope and rest in Jesus here.
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