To Walk in the Shadows of Life … or Walk with God

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, 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. Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runners over.Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

—Psalm 23:1–6

Though our physical bodies grow weary and show the signs of life on earth, out spiritual selves, our internal places that are not seen in the mirror, have the propensity to grow, bloom, give us joy and lighten our hearts and minds.

I do believe this.

This early morning, I walked outside and saw a large shadow of a zucchini plant that is in a pot on our patio. I marveled at the shadow. Light gave that shadow to me. Light gives that shadow to me, and the absence of light will take it away. Throughout the day, as the sun shifts position, the shadow will move, perhaps, disappear.

So it is with how we live our days. There are moments of light and times of shadow. Times that we feel God in our presence, and times when He is not.

Do you ever feel as though you are living in the shadow of your life? Do you have moments, hours, days or longer when all you feel is darkness?

The darkness often brings doubt and fear, anxiety, gremlins, uncertainty, and lack of perspective.

There are times when I have felt sad, for no apparent reason. Human emotions are strange bedfellows.

When we are in the shadows, listening to our own mind or the talk of others, we can feel lost. We ask ourselves big questions. What is my life about? What is my purpose? Why is my life like it is?

I watch the shadows of clouds. When the sunlight is blocked, the clouds become darker, more ominous.

I have learned to see the beauty in that, but it hasn’t always been so.

So many of our fears, the shadows of life, are our fear of humans or what humans can do. Humans start wars, steal, murder, rape, and do all sorts of dastardly things. That gives us fear.

But to live in the fear of such things, the human things, causes us to live in the shadows.

Or … we can choose to live in God’s light. We can live in the goodness of God, His amazing grace, His ability to salve our mortal wounds and heal our hearts.

Sometimes, it is hard. Sometimes, we will not understand. There are times when we will feel like God has let us down. Our plans and God’s plans for us, or others, are not always one in the same.

So … we have a choice. Do we live our lives in the shadow of darkness and despair, or do we choose to follow the Lord and walk with Him through the valley of the shadow of death, fearing no evil, knowing that He is with us and letting go of the fears and letting our spirits soar?

We are called upon everyday to decide. God has granted us the ability to choose. Do we follow Him, or walk the path alone?

I choose to walk His path.

Yet, I stumble, everyday.

And I am forgiven.


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