Under His Shadow
I have been pondering the word ‘shadow’ the last few days – and just sharing some thoughts, which was prompted by the Scripture from Psalm 91:1:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
I truly hope that it would bless at least someone, or minister to another.
A ‘shadow’ in the context of this Scripture refers to providing us with protection and ‘shade’ when we dwell in the ‘secret place’. Oh! The beauty of the secret place – a place of covering, shelter and ‘hiding’ away from that which can harm us, in the arms of the Father, who loves us.
I was thinking how many English idioms we have about shadows and realised they tell such a story:
For instance, it is said that: “old sins cast long shadows” (meaning the consequences of sin can be long lasting) – in my life that was so true before I accepted Jesus Christ as my LORD and Saviour and He washed me as white as snow, taught me about repentance, and gave me mercy and grace as I walked out consequences.
When I used to be “afraid of my own shadow” (meaning I was excessively fearful) – He taught me that He has not given me a spirit of fear and that I need NOT be tormented by fear no more – but that I can be perfected in His love. There was a time where I “wore myself to a shadow” (meaning I overworked myself) – and honestly speaking, in the many roles to fulfill, still working on that one, excuse the pun!
After many years of growing up into Christ, I have become “a shadow of my former self” – in a good way – for in Him, we must decrease, He must increase! Every now and again that “old man marie” tries to grab me by my ankle out of that grave – but I am learning each day to surrender myself to Him and die to self!
In moments of walking through the “valley of the shadow of death”, Father has taught me – that in that valley, that death is still just a shadow. He has already overcome death – and He will never leave, nor forsake me! Then on a more light-hearted note, I have learned more and more not to “wrangle for an ass’s shadow” (meaning to argue over trivial matters) – because fact is, it just does not glorify God.
And NOW…to “live in the shadow of someone” is usually perceived as a negative – but it actually means “given less attention to; or considered as less notable and important compared to someone else” – It is impossible to fully comprehend just how big the shadow is of the One Who is Omni-present. Living in HIS shadow is all that matters and I know beyond a “shadow of a doubt” that I want to remain under HIS shadow. This Scripture is for sure very precious to me!