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Silent Shadows

Few things have more impact with less noise than a shadow. The shadow of a tree or a building can give relief from the heat and respite from a crowd. The same is true of the shadow of the life of someone important to us. For example, in Acts 5:15 many of the people of Jerusalem carried the sick out into the street “…that at least Peter’s shadow might fall upon some of them as he passed by.”  And the same is true of our shadows on the lives of others. They fall noiselessly and like many other great marvels are cast silently.

Nature is silent. The sun rises in the morning with all of its radiance and beauty in the East—silently. The sun descends in the West—silently. The seasons come and the seasons go quietly. We are blessed with the wonders of the springtime when we observe the crocuses, the daffodils, and the dogwoods.  With Wordsworth, we can say, “Then my heart with rapture fills and dances with the daffodils.” Yet the springtime comes silently, and in the fall of the year the leaves turn colors and fall to the ground—silently. As David wrote in Psalm 19:3, “They have no speech, they use no words;
 no sound is heard from them.”

When Peter walked down the street doing good, he may not have known that his shadow was falling silently behind . Our greatest work and most effective ministries are often done silently. Our shadows are forever with us, as are the shadows of others on us.

Our shadows are dependent upon our relationship with Jesus Christ who is the light of the world. We know that if we walk toward the sun, our shadows fall behind us. If we walk toward Jesus who is the light of the world, then inevitably his shadow falls behind us.

Don’t forget that your shadow is falling on the lives of people you come in contact with; even though we don’t hear them, our shadows of influence have great impact.

My Feet in a Large Room

The Bible discusses many things that we might not include if we were the writers. For example, my feet would probably not be a topic I would choose to discuss. But God’s word comments on feet!  In Psalm 31:8, we read, “And you have not given me into the hands of the enemy, but have set my feet in a large room.”   Now notice the scripture does not talk about big  feet – but rather a big  room. I’m glad about that. In fact, literal feet in a room is not the point of the words we read.

The point of the passage is that God always wants us to expand our spiritual horizons—thus the word picture “…my feet in a large room.”  He wants us to broaden our sense of worth and to appreciate our abilities to accomplish great things for his cause. We all face the challenge of not limiting his nature and power through us and through his Word. We may “place God in a box” and thus limit his greatness in the world around us.

Throughout the Bible we see God challenging people to think bigger and see more far-reaching goals in doing his work. Remember some of the admonitions he made to his people. He prodded Moses to take his people to the promised land. He inspired Isaiah to be his missionary. He motivated Jonah to go and preach to the city of Nineveh. He convinced the band of twelve to go and evangelize the world. He sent Philip to preach to the eunuch. God persuaded Barnabas and Saul to preach to the Gentile world.

We need to remember the power of God as Paul describes it in Ephesians 3:20-21:  “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”  We need to expand the way we think and the possibilities on God’s behalf.

Put your feet in a large room.