The Shadow Proves the Sunshine

Today’s date, as I write these words, is March 11th . I don’t know about you, but the
winter blues hit me especially hard this past week. The previous week we had great
glimpses of spring with temperatures in the high 40s and 50s for much of the early to
middle days of that week. However, as I looked out the front window of our house on
Saturday morning it looked more like Christmas than springtime. Hey now don’t beat me
up! I love Christmas, but there is a time for that and there is a time for the warm sun to
shine again—I am ready and waiting for that season.
 
Isaiah 55:9-10 states, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my
ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” The Father was trying to
teach me something through this passage the past few weeks. In the good times when
the sun is shining, my ways are higher than your ways. When you walk through the
rougher patches of life, when life seems gray, I am still here for you and my ways are
good.
 
In the 4th chapter of the gospel of John we read of the story where Jesus encountered
the woman at the well. As Jesus and the woman conversed, her thoughts were
centered on the physical and Jesus, through His replies, was seeking to raise her
eyesight to the spiritual. Before a word was spoken Jesus knew her story, her
reputation, her past, and the gap in her life she had tried to fill through earthly means.
 
Ultimately, Jesus understood the need of a Savior to extend grace and mercy to
overcome the shadow of sin in her life. Jesus was here to display that His ways were
higher than her thoughts of who she was and to display the goodness of the Father.
Jesus revealed Himself and the light of His love for her overcame her shadow of sin and
replaced it with an eternal hope and destiny that sprung up inside of her. I expect her
reaction may have been similar to the below verse from the song, “First and Only” by
Elevation Worship.
“I will abide
Be still and know that you are God
For you are mine
And in your presence I am alive
Here in this place
Within your shadow I am safe
Every mistake
Fading into the light of grace”
 
This same Jesus that met the woman at the well leans toward us and desires a
personal relationship with us. As we approach this Easter season let’s become
animated afresh by the love of Father to send His one and only son, Jesus to sacrifice
His life for our sins and to overcome the death of the cross. The shadow of the cross
proves the love-light of the Father.
 
Shawn Moshier

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