I love the way my shadow looks – she is so tall, with long legs which go on for miles! Her hair isn’t fly-away, and she no acne on her face, or creases when she smiles, she is pretty flawless, in my opinion!
But she isn’t real! She is two dimensional. She is limited by where I go or what I do, limited by the time of day, the position of the sun or light, and literally has no life of her own. Because she only exists in response to the light. She is expressionless. She is lifeless, except in response to my actions in any given moment.
It would be really weird if suddenly my shadow decided to just walk away from me and live a life of her own.
A shadow is not the person. A shadow offers just a silhouette of who we are, but you can’t really tell who someone is if you were to look at their shadow. A shadow is not like a reflection, in that respect, it’s just a shadow.
It’s like the Bible says,
“The Law of Moses is like a shadow of the good things to come. This shadow isn’t the good things themselves, because it cannot free people from sin by the sacrifices offered year after year.” Hebrews 10:1
The Law of Moses is a shadow of what Jesus accomplished, and this life we’re living is a shadow of what is to come when Jesus returns and we live an eternal life with Him.
Which means that for all that we already recieve through Jesus on this life, it will even better, even more glorious, even more detailed than we can ever think or imagine!
But let me not knock my shadow down too much, shadows have their place – their role and function, even though they don’t actually exist independently. Shadows provide refuge from the sun, when it’s hot, it can offer a place of safety for those needing to hide from the hunter. Which is why David wrote,
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalms 91:1
We can find rest, protection and shelter in the presence of the Almighty. And as God is so pure, in Whom is found no sin, we cannot hope to gaze on the fullness of His glory with the sinful nature we are subject to.
So like your shadow, without any fear of what is ahead, in the light of the rising sun, walk tall and strong. And when the sun sets, look back on your day, reflect on the hope that a new tomorrow will bring, and the abundant life we have in Christ which is so much more glorious than these present trials.