Over and over again, the Scriptures speak of being in the shadow of the Almighty or the shadow of His wings. So, what does that mean exactly? It means to be close--very close!
Let's try this little experiment. (If it happens to be rainy or cloudy the day you're reading this, you will want to wait until later.) Go outside and look around. Find some shadows that are being cast by trees, buildings, vehicles, etc. Now, stand in those shadows. How close did you have to get to each object to abide in its shadow? Pretty close, huh? The same is true with God.
There is no safer place than in the shadow of the Almighty, but many times we aren't close enough to Him to know the peace and joy that come from such safety.
Some of you are probably thinking, But God is big and, therefore, must cast a huge shadow. Plus, He is everywhere; therefore, His shadow would be everywhere too. Those are good points but bear with me. I'm trying to make an application here.
To stand in the shadow of an object, you must be close to it. If we're not in God's shadow, that means we're not close enough. If we're not close enough to God, we have some problems that we need to get settled. After all, our intimacy with God is determined by us. God is providing a shadow, and if we're not in it, that's our fault.
This topic always makes me think of how chickens or other birds react when a storm comes. The mother bird does not run around trying to persuade each chick to run into the shelter of her wings. No, the little birds come running to her out of fear and instinct. All she has to do is stand there with her wings extended, waiting for her children to run to safety.
God has gone so much farther than that. He sent His Son to die for our sins. He gave us His Book to guide us in our lives and to remind us daily of His love for us. He continually calls to us to run and hide under His wings, but in our pride and stubbornness, we do not heed His call. We try to do things on our own and wind up in a huge mess. Why, oh, why do we do that?
Today, God is waiting for you. His wing is extended, and His shadow cast. Whether or not you abide there is up to you. Come on. Step into His shadow!
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