Shadow

Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
Psalm 144:4
On the radio today, I heard some announcements. 

Evidently, the station must encourage listeners to inform them of people who are 100 years old or more. The announcers were wishing a few centenarians a happy birthday. 

Living to be a hundred years is quite a long time. 

So many changes would take place in such a long span of time. 

People do not usually live very many years past one hundred. 

God has placed a boundary of time in our earthly existence. 

He gives us life, although it is brief. 

It is up to us whether we live the life we have been given in a way that honors God—or not. 

  

The Skies Proclaim

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While driving to the hospital to make a visit, I noticed the sunset was incredibly amazing.

Not sure that I had ever seen anything quite like it before, I wanted to get some photographs of it.

Shadows were reaching up from the horizon, crossing different layers of clouds, making finger-like projections.

The entire collage of sun, shadow and clouds was inhabiting so much of the western sky, its vastness made the earth seem small in comparison.

Many of my friends later communicated to me that they had seen this glorious sight, also.

One of them referred to it all as, “God art.”

I agree.

God was allowing us to see great beauty above as He pulled the blanket of sky and clouds away for the night, sending this half of the world to rest until dawn.

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
 Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
 They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.

—Psalm 19:1-4

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The Face of Christ

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The light was beaming onto the vast ocean, diffused by the moisture that hung heavily within each cloud.

There was beauty in the white light piercing the gray shadows that day.

There is a light within those who know Jesus that has pierced the shadows of separation from Him.

We can look to the face of Jesus and know forgiveness, peace and compassion.

Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.

—2 Corinthians 4:5-6  The Message

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My Dark Path

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I had never been down the road before.

A sign inviting travelers to venture on it’s path was intriguing enough.

Bending trees made a canopy over the packed sand, forming an inviting mix of sunlight and shadow.

Following each turn and curve, it finally led to the water’s edge where a clear, blue sky shown from above.

If I had decided to decline the sign’s silent invitation to explore, I would not have known the rustic beauty of the path that led to the sea.

I would have missed the canopy of branches arcing overhead.

 

God has surely invited me to travel many pathways in life that would have been both beneficial and beautiful for me.

I will not know of some of them, however, as I chose to decline His invitation.

Perhaps out of fear.

Lack of self-esteem.

Failure to trust Him.

Maybe because I wasn’t listening closely enough to even hear His call toward the pathway.

God is a God of second chances however, and there have been other roads that I have chosen to travel.

Having answered God’s voice at those times, I have experienced the joy of what He had for me along the journey.

Psalm 119:105 from THE MESSAGE reads,

“By Your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.”

God will lead us along the paths He calls us to, even if they seem to be filled with shadows and uncertainty.

 

 

 

 

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