Thursday, July 28, 2011

Shadows

I am standing in my sliver of a backyard. That is all I am doing. Just standing. The past two weeks have been rough, and my body feels numb and tremulous. The dog leash I am holding pulls taut and I am shaken from a daze. I have been staring at the grass, where broken light has fallen through tree leaves.

I watch the shadows and light sway upon the grass in unison and think about the recent heart aches and frustrations we have faced. It occurs to me that light looks most beautiful next to shadows. Darkness accentuates the brightness. Difficulties serve as a shadowy frame for the artwork of blessing.

Sickness frames the beauty of health.

Loneliness fuels appreciation for friendship.

Hardship awakens us to recognize ease.

Pain prepares us to welcome joy.

The murder of God’s Son leads to resurrection and victory for all of His children.

Dear God, help us thank You for the shadows.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Shadows - David Crowder:

Life is full of light and shadow
O the joy and O the sorrow

And yet will He bring
Dark to light
And yet will He bring
Day from night

When shadows fall on us
We will not fear
We will remember

When darkness falls on us
We will not fear
We will remember

When all seems lost
When we're thrown and we're tossed
We'll remember the cost
We're resting in the
Shadow of the cross

With every breath I take
every heart beat
Sunrise and the moon lights
in the dark street
Every glance
every dance
every note of a song
All a gift undeserved
that I shouldn't have known
Every moment I lie
Every moment I covet
I'm deserving to die
I'm earning your judgment
Without the cross there's only condemnation
If Jesus wasn't executed there's no celebration
So in times that are good
in times that are bad
For any time
I've had it all
I will be glad
And I will boast in the cross
I boast in His name
I will boast in the sunshine
boast in His rain
What's my life
if it's not praising You
Another dollar
in my bank account
of vain pursuit, I do
That count my life
as any value or
precious at all
Let me finish my race
let me answer Your call


1 comment:

Carrie said...

This a beautiful post. My last few weeks have been difficult too, and light vs. shadows is such a good analogy of how heartache actually accents all things heavenly. Thank you for sharing!