While facing the sun, behind us is a shadow. Often young followers will be over whelmed with the brightness of God and find a comfortable spot in our shadows. In early stages of growth, this can be good as long as the shadow they are following is that of a Godly man or women. But long term, they must step from our shadows and follow only God. Our part is to continue to lead and guide them so they are casting their own strong shadows for others to find comfort in.
If you read the initial paragraph again, you will see that it started with ‘while facing the sun.’ All people cast shadows in direct sunlight. But not all people are followers of Christ. If we stand with our backs to Christ we will still cast a shadow. We can see it stretch out far, distorted. As we move, it can be mesmerizing to watch it do what we do without fail. But with this posture, our shadow is obeying us. Are you trying to direct your own shadow?
John 5:30 Jesus speaking
I can do nothing on my own. I judge only as I hear, and my judgement is just, because I do not seek my own will, but the will of him.
Jesus, himself, sought the will of God. He did not direct his own shadow but faced the Son of God and followed the direction of Christ. There is an hymn I remember from my childhood.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
Are you dizzy from turning back and forth trying to follow Him and still guide the grey outline of your life? By keeping our eyes on Jesus we can avoid the distractions of the things on earth and focus on His direction. We are confident that the sun will rise daily. Let’s be as confident that Christ loves us and can be trusted to direct our shadows.