“How sweetly you bring light. You’re the ray of the sun
and I’m the shade of a shadow” – Shade of a Shadow by Teitur
From mythology to astrology and folklore to Psychology shadows inspire a variety of symbolisms. Because a shadow is associated with darkness it often represents something evil. However, since a shadow cannot exist without light it can also represent something good. The most encouraging symbolic meaning attributed to a shadow can be found in Scriptures where it is associated with God’s protection. Consider these verses and how they can remind you that God is your protector.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1. To dwell in God’s shelter is to be in his presence continuously. It is to acknowledge that He is Omnipresent and therefore you ought to intentionally include him in both your public and private life. If you allow God to be a part of your daily thoughts, plans and actions you will experience peace in every situation, especially when your heart grows weary.
Priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. – Psalm 36:7. No amount of money, good deeds, or sacrifice could ever pay for God’s love. You will never understand how much He really loves you, but you can get a glimpse of the immensity of that love at Calvary’s cross. Becuase of this great love you can confidently run to him and find protection in times of trouble.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. -Psalm 63:7. Not only can you find rest and safety under the shadow of our God, but you can also find joy. His hand is always stretched out to guide you and sustain you. This is more than enough reason to sing shouts of victory and praise unto Him no matter the circumstances that surround you.
Prayer: Oh Most High God, you are my shelter, my protector, and my ever present help in times of need. In you I find rest. In you I am safe. In you I have joy. I surrender all that I am to you and take comfort in knowing that you will guide me, strengthen me and protect me no matter what I go through. In Jesus’ name I pray amen.