November 14, 2016
In His Shadow
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1
There was a hedge of lilac bushes near the house where I grew up in Minnesota. I used to sit down in front of the bushes and soak up the sunshine, and usually a little dirt, too. It was one of my favorite spots to go when Mom would send us out to play in the early spring. In the summertime, however, the sun could become unbearably hot. On those days, the lilac hedges made a late-afternoon shadow that provided a good place to rest and stay cool.
Shadows have some intriguing attributes. For example, in order for an object in the sun to cast a strong shadow, that object must be very close to what it is shading. Too much space between the object and the place where its shadow falls will allow rays of light to reflect around the object and weaken its shadow. This is why the lilac bushes provided such good shade for me—I was sitting right next to them. Around midday, as the sun moved overhead and its heat became more intense, I had to get even closer to the lilac hedge in order to stay within its shadow. As long as I was in the shadow, the hedge absorbed the heat, and I was protected.
My shady lilac bushes created a nice place to rest, but they cannot compare to the shelter we have when we rest in God’s shadow. With His wings stretched out over us, we have a refuge from the everyday stresses that confront us. We have peace despite adversity, and when fiery trials come, all we must do is draw closer to Him and He will protect us from every danger.
Do you need a rest from life’s troubles? His shadow is a place that we never have to leave, for our focus verse tells us that this is a place to “abide.” And it is not difficult to find, because God’s shadow is inseparable from Himself. The closer we get to Him, the more sure we are to be in His shadow. As we seek to enter the “secret place of the most High” through prayer and study, we will indeed find ourselves abiding in His shadow.