I’ve never been one who hated cloudy days. I’ve never been one who threw the covers back over my head because the sun wasn’t out. I’ve never been one who felt depressed and listless because it was a gray day. Now give me a string of these days and I might start to weaken a bit. I don’t know where the cutoff point is, but I know I have a limit as to where I begin to crave the warmth and positive vibe of the sun.
Our shadow is a mistake free measurement device. On a bright sunny day it’s bold and brave like it could take on the world. It dances freely with us as we bounce through the day. But as the sky becomes littered with clouds it loses some of its confidence and begins to weaken and become faint. Even in the dead of night the moon will provide a glimpse of our shadow. A full moon on occasion may even pick up your spirit.
In the larger picture, our shadow takes the temperature of the light in our lives.
There’s the natural God given light, and then there’s the artificial man made light. The qualities of the man made light are different then that made by God. That shouldn’t surprise us should it?
Without getting all scienced-up, there are some things that are beyond our comprehension.
Artificial light is just that, it’s man made, it’s less than a perfect replacement. Nothing can replace a God given wonder.
Now by definition, a shadow is a dark area where light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. So if the light source is God, and you’re the opaque object, what kind of spiritual shadow do you create?
So here’s where I’m going, follow me now. Your spiritual shadow, is it bold and brave, or is it weak and faint? Does God’s light shine so brightly on you that your shadow makes a distinct marking on the world, or are you living in a space where the cloud littered world causes you to reveal a faint shadow, a shadow that lacks of confidence?
Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105 ESV)
Regardless of whether you wake to the sun shining or not, Jesus provides a light for us at all times, and in all seasons. Our spiritual shadow never needs to grow faint, or crave nourishment.
The unfolding of your words gives light. (Psalm 119:130ESV)
Being in His word means never having to pull the covers back over our head because of cloudy conditions.
It means there’s strength, a light shining a path for us even when the darkness causes us to stumble, to become depressed and or feel listless.
Our physical shadow may become faint, the sun may not rise everyday with the same vibrancy as the day before it, but our spiritual shadow can always be bold, it can be filled with a heavenly love, it can have a bounce that is beyond understanding. It only needs to be caused by His light.