What is a shadow? We all know the answer to that rhetorical question. When light is blocked and darkness appears, we experience a shadow. When there is looming loss, our hearts, our minds, our bodies feel the shadow coming closer and closer. We know when we feel like the shadow is lurking “in the shadows.” We have a sense that job loss, dream loss, financial loss, relational loss, positional loss, physical loss is about to happen, because “light” is blocked and we feel the darkness.

In this season that my family is in right now, we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death— physical death. We don’t know when it is coming, but we know it is close.

Psalm 23 tells us that although we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we don’t have to feel evil. We don’t have to fear the evil one. We don’t have to fear evil plans. We don’t have to fear that death is the end.

For the Christian, we have a certain hope that light is on the other side of the darkness. Light is on the other side of blocked journey and path.

Thinking about this verse made me think about children and what they do with shadows. They are fascinated with them and their curiosity leads them to want to chase them and play with them or in them.

In this season that my family is in right now, we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death—physical death. We don’t know when it is coming, but we know it is close. We know it is soon, unless God moves in a different direction. This imagery brought me comfort as I thought, this shadow shouldn’t make us fear because we know what is on the other side. There is life and reward waiting. There is celebration in heaven for another child going home to glory. We can dance and move freely in the shadow, even chase it, because it leads us to safety in Jesus no matter what the earthly outcome is.

Every place we think is dark, is light to God. He is with us. He leads and protects, even through the shadows. Shadows come and go and the light is always behind it…it never moved…He never moved.