Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Our Lives are Like a Field Half in Shadows

On my morning walk, the Lord was speaking to my heart through His creation, as He often does.

The sun was rising as Sadie and I were on the way home. Part of one of the fields we pass through was lighted brightly by the morning sun while the other part was still in deep shadows cast by the woods.

And I thought, “Our lives are like this”. God is shining on our lives and making them bright and beautiful for His glory.  Yet parts of our lives are still covered in shadows cast by the woods of pain, sickness, disappointment, and hardships.

A little later in the walk, I saw my own long shadow and thought of how some of the darkness in my life is created by my own sin.

But while it is true that our lives are still partly darkened by evil in the world and even evil in our own hearts, this was not the truth which stood out most clearly to me this morning.  The truth which shone most brightly was that while the woods may seem deep and strong to us, they are puny compared to the mighty rising sun.  Their shadows can only block the light for a little while.  They cannot keep the sun from rising. And they cannot dim its mighty light.

So walk in God’s fields of grace.  Don’t fear the shadows.  They won’t last long. They are not as strong as they appear.  For no force on earth below on in the heavens above can stop the rising of God’s Son.

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
(Lk. 1:76-79 NIV)

Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others . . .

The photos in this blog post were taken during this morning’s walk in the fields east of Severn.

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