My little girl discovered her shadow yesterday and delighted in chasing it (and trying to escape from it) on our walk. With this new discovery of course, came the barrage of “why” and “how.” And shadows are funny – though the shadow itself is dark, it is evidence that there is light shining.
I think the same is true in our lives. With any situation, we can find shadows, darkness. But we have a choice – to keep looking at the shadows and darkness or to remind ourselves to turn back and look at the light. Scripture itself speaks often of turning, because where we turn is where we will walk towards.
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
and give me life in your ways. ~ Psalm 119:37
When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies ~ Psalm 119:59
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. ~ Proverbs 3:7
This requires serious self-reflection and reorientation. For even as we turn, we know we will again meander in life’s muddy situations and need to “turn again” to the Lord. But, when we turn to the Lord, we receive spiritual wealth – forgiveness of sins, darkness to light, the power of God, and the fellowship of other believers, as Paul so eloquently says as he retells his conversion:
But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ ~ Acts 26:16-18
I have one question for you – will you choose to turn towards the light?