I learned an invaluable lesson about shadows this week, and it didn’t involve sunlight.
I had been carrying a rather larger baggage of concern and worry. It became cumbersome, causing me to be restless in my sleep but I chose to keep my grip upon it. “Look at this!” I would say to God. “Please just take it away.” I pleaded. I waited for a response. There was silence.
And the burden became greater, growing heavier. But yet I still held my grasp.
Finally, in a moment of desperation and transparency, I cried out, realizing the weighty load had to be relinquished. My refusal to part with it had put me in control of the circumstances, placing God into the shadows. It was time for role-reversal. Powerful directives from Psalm 4:4 caused me to re-focus on obediently heeding His Word:
“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed,and be still.Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,and put your trust in the LORD.”
I had to examine my heart and be honest with myself. Was I trusting God for the outcome? As long as I continued to hold onto the difficulties, refusing to turn them over to God, I was failing to wholly put my trust in the Lord. I could choose my stubborn will, or I could “stand in awe” and allow God to take over. The proper perspective is to stand in His shadow, empty-handed, where there is safety and stillness.
Psalm 57:1 states: “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”
Closure is coming; all trials will eventually end. God’s promise of casting a shadow for my (and yours) “SOS” life-experiences is one of great comfort and ultimate completeness.