Shadow

by Susie Crosby

Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful.    Psalm 91:1 CEV

Have you ever tried to walk or stand in another person’s shadow? It’s a fun game for little ones—trying to stay in the shadow of someone else. They soon figure out a couple of things:

1.     Staying in the shadow means staying pretty close to the person making it.

2.     Staying in the shadow is much easier when the person making it doesn’t move.

What a relief that God is the one making a shadow for us. Psalm 91:4 says, “He will spread his wings over you and keep you secure” (CEV).

Psalm 91 includes one of the most comforting passages in the Bible, and I especially love how it begins. In the first few verses, our near and unchanging God invites us to stay in his shadow and live close to him. He welcomes us into a secret place of safety and comfort where he will protect us completely.  

A secret place in the middle of this complicated life sounds amazing to me. I think of my favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The main character, a recently orphaned child named Mary, struggles to make sense of her new situation. She is lost, sad, scared, and unwanted. Nothing seems comfortable or safe until she discovers a mysterious hidden garden and brings it back to life.

Do you need to find a place like this? A secret place to hide and rest for a bit today?

If you are hurting, hide in God’s shadow. He knows what will soothe your heart. He will wrap you in his arms of comfort and dry your tears.

If you are exhausted, hide in God’s shadow. He wants to restore and refresh you. He will breathe new life into you in this quiet, restful spot right next to him.

If you are worried, hide in God’s shadow. He is able to calm you. He will relieve your stress and your fears as he covers you with his peace.

God knows how to heal, to fill, and to nurture us. Everything we need can found in the shadow of his wings.

Then you will say to the Lord, ‘You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you’” (Psalm 91: 2 CEV).

Let’s stay in his awesome and ever-present shadow. God is lovingly hovering over us, and he is right by our side. He makes it easy to stay close to him and live in his protection. We are free to heal and rest and play in the beautiful place of safety and joy that he has created just for us.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Susie Crosby has loved books and Jesus for as long as she can remember. She writes because life is often harder than she’d like it to be, and faith can sometimes be a struggle. By sharing God’s Word in simple and relatable ways, Susie pours refreshment nd hope into discouraged hearts.

Susie has taught children in grades Pre-K through 8 for over 33 years. She currently teaches music, physical education, art, and technology at an all-kindergarten school. She is the author of Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In (Harvest House, 2018), and the children’s poem Moon Wonder (Mighty Kind Magazine, Issue 2, 2020).

Together with her ministry friend Angie Baughman, of Steady On Ministries, Susie enjoys co-hosting Bible Talk, a monthly podcast where they have way too much fun discussing one word and one verse at a time. Susie is a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and the Red House Writers Collective. Her weekly blog and more encouragement can be found at   www.susiecrosby.com. Instagram:  @susiecrosby, Facebook: /susiecrosbyauthor

Join the conversation: Do you hide in God’s shadow? How do you do that?

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