Beauty in Shadows

    “Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”   (James 1:2-4)


    In a restaurant recently, I was intrigued by a 3-dimensional painting.  I couldn’t help but study it with curiosity, wondering how the artist made the scene look so real and 3-D.  It seemed to present a perfect and complete picture of the scene, lacking in nothing in the depiction of reality.

    I think the secret was in the shadows. The shadows provided accent for the colors and highlighted the perception of a reality beyond a flat canvas.  My eyes were not attracted to the darker shades, but to the brighter colors. 

    Shadows can also bring out the colors in life and point to a greater reality.

    If our life was captured with a painting, the darker moments draw the eye to the accents of brighter reflections of light.   Colors get highlighted and become even more brilliant and real with shadows in the background.

    When I think back on my life and step back for a glimpse of the bigger picture, I can see how tough times provided accents to God’s work in my life.  In that I can count it all joy.

    The words of James 1 help me a lot when I find myself in shadowed moments like trials and tough days.   It is easy in difficult times to see only the shadows.   It is natural to see only the gloom.  But if we are fixing our eyes on Jesus and facing into the light, something supernatural can happen.  Others will see something real, something 3-D, something beautiful with colors of steadfast faith. 

    So, count all the shadows as fuel for supernatural joy. 



    Carole Dickie says (Aug 26, 2020):

    I would like to also think when I see a shadow maybe there is something in my that needs to be resolved spiritual. This is when I go the Father as ask Him to shine a spotlight directly on it so I may know what is not of Him.

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