They follow us through outdoor activity in the warmth of a summer day. They are cast onto walls as glittering dancers in candlelight. They haunt us as children at night when we cannot fall asleep. They give us cool shade in the breeze of a tree canopy.
They can frighten us or comfort us.
But perhaps the most haunting of all are the shadows of the enemy.
He wants us to live in the shadows of the past……the shadow of other people’s opinions…or the shadows of what we think we could have been.
He surfaces in the midst of triumph…or a new season…or a time of healing.
In fact, we can be assured, the closer we are to our calling, the more aggressive the intimidation tactics. His shadows do not need to be based out of truth…they just need to operate effectively as smokescreens.
A shadow says, “remember when this happened? Oooh, what about this? Remember this accusation? Who do you think you are anyway?”
They seek to shame and humiliate. To hold us captive.
The question is…will we take the bait?
Because a shadow is just that…a shadow. It has no weight or depth to it. It cannot harm us unless we let it.
We do not need another person’s approval to follow the will of God. That is a prison of people-pleasing.
What is the easiest way to get rid of a shadow?
…Turn on the light.
Shine that big, bright light of Jesus’s Truth right on that sucker. Because, you know what? Anything false will flee. And whatever is substantial will remain.
No…I don’t need a false shadow to tell me who I am. The only shadow that brings peace is found underneath His wings. And He reminds me of His truth daily.
You don’t like it when dark shadows are cast onto you…don’t be a shadow for someone else.
“He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their bands apart.”
– Psalms 107:14 NRSV
“The light shines in the darkness and the dark did not overcome it.” – John 1:4 NRSV