Shadowlands

Weary, I glance at the ground. I see the shadow cast about my feet, darkening my path. Ahead, the path is darker still; looming shapes hiding unknowns in their shadows. Imagining all that might await me in the obscurity, I hesitate. Fear rising, I remain frozen; consider turning back. But then I remember. I remember that for shadows to be cast, there must be light.

Just keep walking.

‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ Psalm 23:4

Led by the Shepherd, we have no need to fear. With his staff, He walks before us; deterring enemies, guiding our way. Those shadows - so dark, so daunting – all dispelled by His light as we near. All that is hidden will be revealed. But nothing - nothing – that our God has not already beaten.

Remember to look up.

‘He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.’ Psalm 91:4

In our darkest moments – at our most frightened, our most alone -if we would only look up! We might discover that this shadow we are standing in, is the only the shadow of His wing. Remembering His faithfulness – recalling just how far He has already brought us – we might begin to see that we are far from abandoned. We are held close; safe in His unrelenting hold; sheltered from harm.

Find your voice.

‘Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.’ Psalm 63:7

It’s easy to forget our song when darkness creeps in. But knowing in whose shadow we stand, we can breathe deeply. We can fill our lungs and let cries of desperation turn to shouts of praise. Songs of thankfulness for all we see; and faith for that which we don’t. Expressions of adoration and joy in the face of fear. For if our God is for us, who can be against us?

‘What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?’ Romans 8:31

About the Author: My name is Ruth. I’m a Christian, writing about my faith.  I’m a wife, a mummy and a nurse. I love to learn, mostly about God.  I was raised as a Christian, but I didn’t have a white picket fence childhood.  My C.V includes: a difficult childhood, self harm, depression, anxiety, eating disorder(s), teenage pregnancy and more. I believe that in Christ, I am a new creation and am no longer defined by my past.