The Shadow of Protection
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
~ Psalm 91:1
Let's reflect on different examples of shadows.
I have lived in the south and the southwest a large part of my adult life. I can attest to the fact that the sun is intense and very powerful. In the southwest desert a shadow from a cloud passing over you brings a welcome relief from the sun. As I take my morning walks, I find myself watching ahead for the side of the street that has the most shadows to protect me from the sun.
Andrew Downs wrote: “To walk in the shadows is not a curse and to walk in the sun is not a blessing. They are simply relative points of harmony, by which we can appreciate what we have, what we once had and what we hope to have. The sun means nothing without the shadows, nor would shadows without the sun.”
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” The Shadow weekly radio drama premiered in 1937. The words in the above quote were accompanied by an ominous laugh with a musical theme that was composed in 1872.
The Shadow, Lamont Cranston, portrayed a “wealthy young man about town” by day, and by night, he was “The Shadow” who fought crime.
At the end of each episode “The Shadow” reminded listeners that, “The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay...The Shadow knows!”
In Acts 5:15, the Apostle Peter, (also called Simon Peter), after Pentecost, was so filled with the Holy Spirit, that John MacArthur wrote, “people were healed in his shadow”.
A long time ago a person emailed me a copy of a photo that shows a bird with her wings spread over her two small babies. Under the photo, Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
Isn't it a comforting thought that we can dwell under the “shadow of the Almighty God”? In Psalm 17:8, David is praying to God that He will hide him “under the shadow” of His wings. C.H. Spurgeon said, “We rest under the shadow of the Almighty God.” A footnote in one of my Bibles states, “The shadow of your wings is a figure of speech symbolizing God's protection” (NLT).
Usually when we think of shadows we think of them as being evil but that is not always the case. The positive examples of shadows that explored were: the shadows protecting us from the sun; “The Shadow” radio program ended every week with good (“The Shadow”) winning over evil; when Apostle Peter's shadow was cast upon people, the power of God healed them; we can dwell and rest under the shadow of His wings.
When you see a shadow now, will you be reminded that good wins in the end; or a shadow is protection from the sun; or a holy person's shadow allowed God's healing power to come forth; or God's shadow provides a place for us to dwell and also rest?
Lord God, thank You for refreshing our souls by allowing us to find rest and healing under Your shadow of protection. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington