Remember when we were kids and we would dance around on the sidewalk and make our shadows move? Remember placing our hands in interesting poses to make shadow animals? For many of us, shadows were something to make and play around with. For some of us, however, shadows caused feelings of fear and apprehension.
When I was a young girl, people would call me “Pastor’s little shadow” because I would follow my dad wherever he went. I would stand by his side at the door after services and insist on sitting directly behind him in the car whenever I could. I just wanted to be where my dad was. I was a lot like him in many ways and he “got me”.
In later years, I became a shadow of sorts by following him into ministry. He taught me many lessons about what it takes to be in fulltime ministry and have passion for others as well as for the Lord Himself. I wanted to be just like my dad in many ways. I can hear him when I speak, when I laugh, when I talk about the Lord and when I minister to others. I have, in fact, dedicated Robyn B Ministries to him as I carry his legacy forward and I do it with the same passion as he served with.
The other day, I got to thinking about shadows. The shadow moves just like its creator does, even down to a strand of hair or a raised arm. It is done in perfect unison. That is how I want to be as I shadow the Lord, my Creator, in my life. I want to move when He says to move, turn to the right or to the left when He does, kneel when He does, jump when He does and reach my arms out when He does. I don’t know the future, but I don’t want to even peek my head out from behind Him to see what is next; I just want to follow Him and be His shadow.
“He (she) who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
He knows what is up ahead and if I am living in His shadow, I can rest assured that He has everything covered and will guide me. How about you? Are you truly resting in His shadow and only moving when He does or are you trying to move ahead of Him? Are you stepping away from being His shadow? Come on back and follow Him closely step by step.
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me.” John 12:26