Sunlight blazed from the summer sky filling the earth with heaven’s light. Blue and I walked along our country road — Blue sniffing out critters, me whispering prayers and finding refuge beneath my Father’s wing.
The Spirit of God made His Presence known all about me as the gentle breeze whispered through the pines. The Father of Lights cast exquisite sunbeams filtering through the canopy of interlocked pine, oak, and elm. Birds called from the treetops. White-tail deer sprinted from the creek into the forest’s safety.
Creation declared His glory all about us.
Even if we don’t take time to notice, His glory is always proclaimed.
We just need to look and listen.
Stepping out from the shade of the canopy, the sunlight brightened, casting shadows all about me.
The Lord reminded me of a scripture I had read earlier in the day:
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].” ~ James 1:17, AMP
No shadow of turning …
I studied the shadows, trying to understand what the Lord wanted me to see.
In my spirit a song arose and I began to sing,
“Great is Thy faithfulness
O God my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not,
Thy compassions they fail not —
As Thou hast been
Thou forever will be.” (Thomas Chisholm – 1925)
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
His character or nature never changes.
He is who He says He is.
And He is wholly trustworthy to do what He says He will do.
He is faithful!
My life testifies of this Truth.
At the end of long, difficult days when shadows unfurl across your path, know this: the perfect shadow cast over you is the shadow of His Presence — not because He shifted positions, not because He is turning like the celestial balls that spin on their axis from day to night, from light to dark.
No! The shadow of His Presence is because of the steadfast watchcare of our Father of Lights.
Faithful. Sure. Trustworthy.
Blue and I turned for home, walking into the sun. I peered over my right shoulder at the shadow cast upon the country road. The Light of His Presence warmed my face. I closed my eyes and, once again, I thanked my Lord for His faithfulness.
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I love God’s gifts. They are so perfect. Thank you for reminding me that God is always present. When you get a chance look up “That’s Where the Joy Comes From” by Steve Green on YouTube. Ever since you mentioned this to me the other evening I have had this song in my head. Thank you. I love you
I know that song! It’s great 🙂
Such beautiful language, Nan! I tweeted this post and I’m now subscribed. Blessings to you!
Oh Sarah, thank you for your kind words. You’ve encouraged me today 🙂 And bless you for subscribing. I pray the words of my heart will give you strength for the journey.