WATCHING MY SHADOW As I skied through the snow yesterday, I couldn’t help but watch my shadow. It was a very sunny day, something we haven’t seen in these parts for far too long! I was mesmerized, watching my shadow move in perfect step with me. It was peaceful, just my shadow and I. Sometimes, I would round a corner and lose track of it. Looking around, I would find it slightly behind me, but still there. I began to think about what kind of spiritual lesson I could get from this experience. Today, it came to me while I was reading and meditating on Isaiah chapter 43.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you: I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43: 2b-3
GOD’S ALWAYS THERE No matter what circumstances we are going through in our lives, God is right beside us. Just like our shadow, we cannot escape his presence. Even when we can’t see Him, He is there. This is so encouraging! In a world full of uncertainties, we can always count on Him being there. He didn’t say that we wouldn’t have to pass through the waters or go through the fire, but He did promise to be there with us and to protect us. What a promise!
HE LOVES ME! So why would God care about little ol’ me? Why would he choose to walk beside me? As I read on, I found my answer. Hours later, these words are still ringing in my ears and causing me to be in awe! Although I’ve read the passage before, and many others like it, today it seemed like I was reading it for the first time!
“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you. I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4
WOW! Feeling amazed, loved, and truly cherished, I read on. I had found the gem meant for me today. And then, I was struck by these words a few verses later.
“Remember not the former things, or consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing, how it springs forth. Do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19
LOOKING BACK When we are going through life, especially the trying circumstances, it is easy to get focused on the things that have been. Always looking back instead of forward. This verse reminded me that God has a plan for the future. Every time we come to a crossroads in life and are forced to face a challenge, He wants something new and better for us. Even though the way ahead seems difficult and even impossible, God will make a way. When we stop looking behind, and start looking ahead, who knows what beautiful things we will see!
What lessons have you been learning in nature lately? Please share. 🙂