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"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow."  (Helen Keller)  These are pretty profound words from a non-sighted individual!  When our face is fully and completely turned into the "son-light", we don't see the shadows creeping along behind us, or crawling up alongside! Indeed, the shadows are not even in our view because the "son-shine" is so brilliant we don't have time or need to even consider the shadows in life!


God’s blessings follow you and await you at every turn:  when you don’t follow the advice of those who delight in wicked schemes, when you avoid sin’s highway, when judgment and sarcasm beckon you, but you refuse.   For you, the Eternal’s Word is your happiness.  It is your focus—from dusk to dawn.

You are like a tree, planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry. Your fruit ripens in its time; your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun.  No matter what you do, you prosper.  (Psalm 1:1-3 VOICE)

When God's Word is our focus, it is almost impossible to see the shadows, too!  The light coming into our lives when we delve into the Word of God, compounded by the "illuminating force" of the Holy Spirit within - no shadow dare attempt to overcome us!  Instead of shadows following in our path - God's blessing follow us!  Those blessings don't cast a shadow - they fill us with joy unexplained or not understood by some - even in the midst of what others may think of as pretty "dark times" in our lives!

Shadows have a way of creeping up on us, kind of unnoticed until they are bigger than life.  This is one of the most important things to remember about things that try to overshadow our lives - they are "bigger than life" only because they are being cast by a "bigger than life" light in front of us!  Without light, there are no shadows.  In the absence of light, only darkness exists.  Light allows the shadows to be seen, but they don't have to be feared because the light is our focus!  We should be more concerned with the absence of light - not the shadows which result from the light!

Shadows only exist because there is some object in between them and the direction of the light.  If we are to continually move away from the shadow, then we have to be moving toward the light.  Nothing is more concerning than to see the shadows grow bigger.  Are shadows larger when we are nearer the light, or when we are further from it?  The closer you are to the light, the bigger the shadow.  Why?  Light travels in straight lines - it is absorbed by the object drawing closer to it and that object casts a larger shadow because it is between the light and the shadow!  So, if that object is you - the shadow being cast is not because you lack light, but because you are absorbing it!

Just to go one step further, when the light is directly above us and our focus is directly toward the sun, there is not much of a shadow cast.  Why?  The light and the object in the path of light are pretty closely aligned, allowing no shadow to be cast! The object lesson here - align to the light and you will not appreciate the shadows any longer!  Just saying!

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