Photo-A-Day: Shadow

I have been out most of the day, and keeping an eye out for shadows that looked interesting, but to no avail, and since I just got home at 10:30pm, this will have to do. I do like the shadow of trees against the moonlit sky though, especially when it’s cloudy.

Looking for shadows though, made me realise something. You can’t have shadows unless there is some light. If there is no light, there is only darkness. Then even with the smallest pinprick of light, a shadow is cast. And the brighter the light, the more stark the shadow is.

So it is with God, the Light of Life. If we let even the smallest ray in, the darkness in our soul begins to disperse. At first, as His light shines on all that we have horded in our hearts, lurid shadows are cast, showing up the worst in us. It leads us to remove those things which cause the shadows, until we are completely filled with light.

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” [John 12:46 NIV]

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Published in: on 7th April, 2012 at 11:03 pm  Comments (2)  
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Darkness and Light

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” [Isaiah 42:16 NIV]

Photo by James Stapley

At this time of year my early morning walk takes place in darkness. The earth is silent — no bird-calls, no gusts of wind — only the occasional dog barking, the rhythmic sound of my feet treading the pavement, and the distant whir of traffic on the major roads. Everything waits for the sun.

I cannot see the path in front of me, except that it is a shade lighter than the grassy fields which border it. I can see the white of my runners gleam in the moonlight as I stretch each step forward, but everything else is shrouded in darkness. Trees stand in silhouette against the starry sky. The occasional street-light in the distance casts eerie shadows in all directions.

But, I walk the path, confident I will not stumble or fall. I am fairly sure the path will lead me where I need to go, and soon the sun will be up.

Photo by Mattox

It reminds me of life. We cannot always see where we are going, and even if we have a general idea, it can still be shrouded in the unknown — a bit of a mystery. But, we have God’s promise. He is the light to our path (see Ps 119:130). He makes our paths straight (see Prov 3:6). Darkness is as light to Him (see Ps 139:12). Even if we cannot see a single thing ahead, He can see us and our journey in bold spotlight. I don’t know about you, but that gives me a whole lot of confidence!

And so, I turn my footsteps toward home, and suddenly out of the darkness, the air bursts into life with birdsong. I turn toward the east. Ah, yes. The inky black of night is being replaced by a grey-blue smudge on the horizon. The sun is coming.

Published in: on 27th March, 2012 at 5:10 am  Comments (2)  
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