I want the joy of a toddler discovering her shadow as I consider the goodness and mercy of God.

I want the joy of a toddler discovering her shadow as I consider the goodness and mercy of God.

The little one toddled along the sidewalk with her mom, the sun of summer blazing overhead. Shadows clung to their ankles … following … mimicking each step.

Stopping to watch a butterfly dance through a patch of daisies, the young girl turned and noticed movement behind her. Every move she made was replicated — dark images against the white concrete.

Her shadow!

Following. Every. Move.

Squeals of delight filled the air. She lifted her chubby little legs, then dropped them back down. Up and down. Sideways. Round and round she danced. Lots of giggles accompanied every move — sheer bliss as she realized the shadow’s imitation.

Oh, to be as a child once again!

To delight in the simple things of life.

To marvel at the handiwork of our God.

I’m reminded of our beloved Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life …”

Goodness and mercy.

Mercy. Chesed. The unfailing, steadfast covenant love of God …

Following as a shadow every step we take.

I want to know the Lord like this — to delight in the simple graces of life, to marvel at His handiwork, to be a child holding my Father’s hand on daily walks.

The Apostle Paul knew the Lord this way.

Philippians 3:8 reads, “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

Paul was found IN Christ.

This became Paul’s primary pursuit in life — to know Him.

“Paul’s desire to know Christ sprang from no other motive but to enjoy Him. He wanted Christ for Christ’s sake, not his own. He was a lover of God, not a user of God. And whether he moved in Christ’s resurrection power or was strengthened to his last ounce of endurance, it mattered little. For Paul, it was all a part of the most fulfilling journey of all; truly knowing God” (Spirit Filled Life Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2002, p. 1664).

I want my primary pursuit in life to be the same — to know Him … really know Him.

I want to know the sheer bliss of recognizing goodness and mercy — the unfailing, steadfast covenant love of God — following every move I make. Always.

Oh the rewards of knowing the One who loves us — of loving Him with our whole hearts, and minds, and strength.

The joy!

The sheer bliss like a toddler discovering her shadow for the first time.


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Sweet blessings to you,