Shadows can be fascinating, no matter one’s age. It is entertaining to watch a child become aware of their shadow for the first time. They are intrigued as the shadow mimics shapes and movements and usually try to touch it as if it is a new friend. Depending on the angle and amount of light, shadows are elongated or shortened as they depict the original object. Even though shadows occur every day, it is not something that we usually slow down to enjoy or take notice of.
By using a flashlight or some other artificial light source as a background, hand shadows can be made and projected on a wall. It is amazing to see the shadow picture of different animals that people can make by using their hands, fingers, and arms. When the moon, stars, or softer lights are present, shadows can also appear as different objects, especially when an active imagination is added to the mixture.
In Psalm 23, David writes about another type of shadow, the shadow of death. These past few weeks and months, we have seen the shadow of death as it claimed the lives of some precious friends. It seems that for the shadow to be there, a source of light must also be present. Even when being pursued by his enemies, David took comfort in realizing that God was the Source of Light and Life that was with him. Therefore, he need not be afraid.
In the New Testament, Jesus reveals that He is the Light of the world. Whatever shadows we face, when we intentionally recognize and acknowledge Jesus as our Source of Light, we too can have peace and be comforted because we know that He is with us.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”