Living in the shadow
These clouds brought to mind the words “shadow of the Almighty” and then, “only the Shadow knows” and then, “Living in the shadows.” So I opened up Psalm 91 and read this:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield
and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
And that got me to thinking about “noisome pestilence” — because isn’t that a modern-day plague? The constant humming, thrumming and strumming of interruption, business and pressing on … in circles of nothing close to productivity. And then I read this:
“The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness.” from Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot.
Isn’t that the truth. That makes perfect sense … that the devil causes such abhorrent noise and rushing and unsettled emptiness. Why didn’t I think of that before?
The more I stare at this cloud, which at first seemed ominous and threatening, the more I am certain that living in the shadow is the ONLY place to be. Living in the shadows — of the Almighty. It is the only place on earth to find any peace, quiet and rest. Even when surrounded by three energetic children who are simultaneously laughing and arguing, or trials and tribulations that scream and carry on, or the noise and strife of life in modern-day America.
The shadow DOES know … and He’s the only one who can offer quiet comfort.
My morning ponderings … in the shadow of mighty morning clouds passing overhead.
[originally published August 14, 2013]