Viewing all 518 pictures later, I was surprised that my favorites were always the ones with my shadow. I realized how much I have missed my shadow, my elusive, long-lost friend, who hides for 226 days a year.
I know she’s there, I know she is a part of me, I just don’t enjoy her presence very often. I have to live by faith that she is there, waiting to publicly join me on one of my “moments.”
She was happy to be near Astoria, where Lewis and Clark spent their second winter.
Our shadows are much wider than we actually are, of course.
that never leave her feet once the rainy season is over.
This is the same ocean water where Lewis and Clark soaked their prickly-pear cactus scraped toes after their acclaimed trip across the Louisiana Purchase. They just don’t have a picture to prove it.
My shadow loves little flowers that bloom randomly in the sand.
He named him Buster. His face was cute and all smashed-in lookin‘.The dog’s face, that is.
A shadow is a flighty, fleeting image, but it is a representation of a very real presence. The shadow is a promise that something else is really there, its presence made evident with the light of the sun.
I looked up “shadow” verses in the Bible and was reminded that the Lord God of Heaven has a shadow. I guess He has wings, too.
Psalm 91:1 “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalm 63:7 “Because you have been my help, in the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.”
Psalm 57:1 “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusts in you: yes, in the shadow of your wings will I make my refuge, until these troubles be past.”
The Lord’s shadow is a representation of His very real presence, offering us shelter, comfort, help and refuge. As His almighty wings surround us, the Lord’s shadow is a promise that He is really there; His presence is made evident by the Light of His Son.
When the sun shines, I love being in the presence of my shadow. When the Son shines in my heart by faith, I love being in the shadow of His Father’s wings.