God’s Word for Today: Shadow. I can’t recall for certain, anyone who had parents from the Hippie days that blessed their child with the name Shadow. I know there has to be a few out there who received this gift of a name. If it was a girl that received the name Shadow, then when considered, it is a pretty name. If a boy was given the name Shadow, then one thinks a little more toward the dark and foreboding. I mean, come on, a boy named Shadow probably had to grow up defending his honor. Similar to a boy named Sue (a favorite song of mine). There might be a movie out there about a man named Shadow. I doubt if he was a superhero.
Names aside, there are always two ways to look at a shadow. There was a post I read the other day, and just had to share that said: “Your shadow is confirmation that light has traveled nearly 93 million miles unobstructed, only to be deprived of reaching the ground in the last few feet thanks to you.” I immediately thought that statement as one of an insult. Upon further reflection, it could be considered a compliment. It is all in how your outlook on life is. Is your greatness, the creator and master of your shadow? Or, is you mass strictly a means of stopping and subduing light?
There is one shadow that most always is appreciated. That is the shadow, redefined as shade, cast by a grand tree. Or, any tree for that matter. Twice in my life, due to some ignorance and stubbornness on my part, I have reached to beginning stages of sun stroke. Both times, I was to the point of my vision almost completely gone, and my whole sense of reason quietly burning into nothing. My only saving grace was the ability to stumble into the shade of a nearby tree. Those shadows saved my life. Maybe that is why I have such a fondness for trees.
I have always appreciated and acknowledged the shade. And many times stacking alfalfa bales in the middle of a hay field, I longed for a bit of shade, even one cast by a cloud. But not until I was introduced to life in the subtropical regions did I ever feel the extreme relief of a shadow cast by about anything. At home in Nebraska, shadows and shade good stuff. In Paraguay and Brazil, any hint of a shadow is a 20 degree or more difference acknowledged by ones being. It really is amazing how much of a change there is. Throw in just a slight breeze along with that newly found shadow, and you forget that you were one step away from frying like an egg in a hot skillet.
Revelation 3:15-16. ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.’
Rather harsh little Bible verse there. But it makes a good point. A lukewarm cup of coffee is rather bitter. A lukewarm drink of water is not nearly as refreshing as a nice cool/cold glass of water. Being lukewarm is ok, and quite normal. One can go through life for like ever, in a state of lukewarm. You are not casting a shadow. You are in that fine line zone between hot and cold. Just a short little point to consider. Let’s get one with the heat of today’s word.
Everyone, every day, is going to cast a shadow. Even in the most perfectly lit room, there is always a way to cast a shadow. Or, on the darkest and dreariest of days, there are still shadows created by your being.
Also each day, you are going to have a choice on what kind of shadow you are going to cast. I caught myself just yesterday, going through the day with a joy of casting a good shadow that provided shade and comfort for those in my presence. Instead, due to circumstances that seemed to come flying out of nowhere and from all directions, my shadow turned into one of anger and gloom. I did not like my shadow. Everyone's light was abruptly stopped by my existence. My dark shadow was diminishing all good and useful light. I had to get a handle on my shadow. It took a while. Finally, thru God’s light, I was able to transfer my shadow back to one that provided relief, shade, comfort, and hopefully happiness. But, I know that gloom, doom, and angry shadow left some scars out there.
Today, acknowledge that you are going to cast a shadow. Also acknowledge that you have control on the type of shadow you cast. Forget about the lukewarm thing, you and I both know that is rather pointless. Focus on the shadow you will cast to others. Is it good or bad? What are you letting determine your shadow? How can you control your shadow? What if instead, you turned your shadow over to God, and see what He could do with it for the day? There is a good chance He will not only turn your shadow into one that is a blessing for you, but also a blessing for many others. Guaranteed, it will change your life. More than that, it will save your life………………
Prayer: My dearest Lord and Master of the Light. I thank you for your shadow of grace that you offer to me. Forgive me for the days I leave you behind and cast my own dark shadow. Help me today Lord, to not only get away from the dark shadow of life I turn to, but also help me right past the lukewarm shadow of doing nothing. I want to cast good shade for all, Lord. Only through you, do I know this is possible. In Jesus’, whose shadow from the cross is my saving Light, name I pray. Amen.