"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
~ Psalm 91:1
In the story of Peter Pan, Peter has lost his shadow and is looking for it when he meets Wendy and her siblings. His shadow seems to tie him to the world where he then begins to interact with the Darling family. One of the young men I met while working with the homeless called himself, "Shadow," because that is how he felt about himself.
It's interesting that no matter how large or small something is, it casts a shadow. One of the things I enjoy taking photos of are shadows. Do you realize even the smallest speck of sand casts a shadow?
It's true. I can remember as a child attempting to step on my own shadow. Creating images with the flashlight on the inside of our tent was often a fun way to spend the evening.
One of my favorite theologians, D. Elton Trueblood writes, "man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit."
For each of us, we recognize our own shadow, but did you also realize that no matter who we are, all of God's creation casts the same color of shadow? To me, it is a significant reminder that in this world this similarity is a common place for us to begin.
Each shadow represents a child of God, who seeks truly the same thing. Happiness, good health, hope, family, and so many other things. Each shadow represents a common thread.
While in the light we all seem to focus on what something appears to look like, and prompts us to judge, segregate, and divide. A shadow prevents us from doing that.
Each of us casts a shadow, and we ALL have been created to live and serve a wonderful loving and caring God. Isn't it amazing that the first thing God created was light that then created shadows!
While you enjoy the light of day, what do the shadows around us represent?
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.