Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will feel no evil, for you are with me. Psalm 23:4a
The definition of a shadow is an image cast by an object. The word doesn’t usually bring warm feelings. Someone hiding in the shadows is a person with a questionable agenda. Someone afraid of their own shadow is a poor soul gripped by shyness. Someone who sees shadows in the night is one who sleeps lightly. And then there’s this phrase in the 23rd Psalm, ‘Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…’
While the topic of shadows makes us think of something foreboding, and while there’s nothing more frightening than the thought of the shadow of death, God’s shadow eclipses all darkness. Our faith rests in these scriptures.
I am concealed in the shadow of God’s hand. Isaiah 49:2
I dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
And, I take refuge in the shadow of my Father’s wings. Psalm 36:7
God is also described as One who casts a shadow. His presence shadows His children ~ going with them wherever they go. Psalm 121:5
If I am in Christ, I am overshadowed when the Spirit conceives something holy, heals something broken, prepares something yet unformed, and draws near to guide His child home. If you, or someone you love, is sorrowing because the shadow of death has touched your family, know that you are ‘over’ – shadowed.
I am overshadowed by Your Spirit, even when I walk through darkness. You take me home safely to the place where there is no more night. Amen