SHADOWS vs. LIGHT
|Light and Shadow Create Beauty|
Shadows are created when something blocks the light. For example, I once lived in a flat desert area, but never saw the sun rise. The mountains to the east created shadows to start my day.
Now I never see the sun set. Houses on the hill above me create shadows as the sun goes down. It's a blessing, though, because it enables me to enjoy my deck in the late afternoon.
I'm now dealing with a different type of shadow, and so are you. We understand the routine of sunrise and sunset. But COVID-19 feels erratic and seems to constantly loom over us.
It's unlike the welcoming shadow of a shade tree on a hot summer's day. It's more the sinister variety, an unknown threat.
|Does This Look Like a Heart?|
The problem is that this pandemic shadow is scary, not entertaining. We want it to be gone from the world, yet such power is not ours. It's more of an individual thing.
It's no secret---when light meets dark, light wins! At bedtime, a child afraid of the dark gives the solution: "Leave the light on."
There is light available for our darkness, too. The Psalmist declared God's word was a lamp to his feet and a light to his path (Psalm 119:105). Light is good, but it must be activated.
|Action, Not Explanation, Required|
The Bible is a lamp to our challenging shadows. Turn that lamp on by reading it. There's a lot of wisdom in Proverbs, for example.
Your cell phone has a Bible app called the You Version. There are others. The key is to take action! Experience for yourself the power of light vs. shadows.