"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
~ Psalm 91:1
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. Shadows cause the writer of Peter Pan to make an introduction to a family that begins a tale that many of us know when Peter loses his shadow and goes on a quest to find it. I can remember as a child attempting to step on my own shadow.
We used to make forms with our hands on tent walls using a flashlight for hours when camping.
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 colored shadow. To me, it is a significant reminder that in this world this similarity is a common place 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!
While you enjoy the light of day, what do the shadows around any of us represent? Be happy, and love one another, beginning with our shadows!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.