Have you even noticed how a child will react upon seeing a shadow for the first time. It can be a little overwhelming but then they are amazed that they have a constant companion. The shadow makes every step, mimics every movement. It will skip, run or jump, and always keep up with you.
Sometimes, your shadow is tall, and sometimes shorter, and then it does appear to go away at night. But is back when you enter a room or turn on a light. I love my shadow. Jesus is my shadow, and you know what? He was overwhelming at first and I was a little amazed at my constant companion. He makes every move with me. He’s always there. When I enter a room, He’s a gentleman, He let’s me go first, He’s already been there anyway. And He’s there whether I turn on a light or not.
I never knew so many of the verses I know now, like Zephaniah 3:17. He quiets me with His love. He surely does. Jesus is the best way to calm down. He is ever the Joe Cool, even in righteous anger. He is an exercise in the fruit of the Spirit, self control. And He rejoices over me with singing.
When I look back at the babies I’ve sung to and the children with happy faces, no wonder there was joy in their faces because He was there singing along. No wonder I like to sing even if I thought I wasn’t very good. It was just me and my shadow and He loved it. And since Jesus completes us, and He is our peace, what a great shadow.
When we dwell in the secret place of the Most High, Psalm 91 says, we abide or live in the shadow of the Almighty. God doubles that promise here because He uses two names. That is something to look for when studying. He meant He was keeping this promise. Of course, the reference is to the cherubim on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. They cast a long shadow, then, no one could enter the Holy of Holies, save the priest once a year and he had to be tied to a cord in case he fell dead having sinned. the glory of God sat on that Mercy Seat.
Jesus is our glory and He sits on the Mercy Seat of our heart as believers, in the person of the Holy Spirit, because of His sacrifice, because His shadow and beaten body hung on a cross, we can come boldly to God’s throne and ask anything in His name and He will do it. That’s what my shadow did for me.
You can study the Bible and see types and shadows of Jesus. Joseph was a type and shadow of Jesus. He was betrayed and sold. Isaac, he was to be a sacrifice, but was spared because God sent the lamb, it reads he asks about a ram. Jesus fulfilled the law and the prophets, Hebrews 10:1, says the law was a shadow of things to come. Jesus gave us a better covenant and better promises, by taking our place. God swore by Himself this was true.
I am so glad to walk in the shadow of the Almighty. He rolled all His names up and gave Jesus their power, or I would have never walked with Him. I could not sing in His shadow Psalm 63 :7, or rest in His peace. John 14:27. I would not have His joy. Matthew 4:16, the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned. No, my shadow is both behind me and before me and He cast a long and looming one, I make walk through the shadow of death but my shadow beats the devil’s shadow any day, even on my worst day. Why? Because He shined a light in the darkness of the world before me. He is not only the light of the world but is the light of my life. In a crowd or alone, I’m never alone, it’s me and my shadow. And if Peter’s shadow could heal what do you think mine can do? The devil is no match for Jesus, And I like the verse in James, God isn’t changing His mind about good gifts, His shadow never shifts. The devil is no match for Jesus. So thank you Jesus, just me and my shadow. Rebecca Jones