I enjoy teaching my “Cute Kids” about shadows. My favorite is the story of Peter Pan when he loses his shadow. You know the story. He finds it where he left it, at Wendy’s house. Wendy sews it back on and then she flies with Peter to the 2nd star to the right and on ‘til morning.

Maybe a better illustration of a shadow is the many times I have taken my hand and shielded a child’s eyes from the sun. It only takes a bump and my hand moves. The sun then immediately shines brightly in the child’s face, causing him to cry or complain. The shadow of my hand can only protect a child from the sun in a small degree. When a child embraces the shadow it is helpful to his comfort.

A shadow of a tree brings shade to a person, a car, or anything in its path. It protects from the direct rays of the sun. How many times have you chosen a parking spot because of the shade of a tree? Embracing the shadow of a tree enhances comfort when returning to your car as well as protects the outer surface of the vehicle.

Have you ever been talking to someone and the sun was shining directly in your eyes? What did you do? You stood in their shadow so that your eyes were protected. You could see the person and your eyes didn’t pour water. As long as you stayed in their shadow conversation was good. When you moved out of their shadow, you had to turn your face away in order to continue conversation. Why? Embracing the shadow of the person brought protection from the sun and added comfort to your conversation.

Sometimes a shadow can be a frightful thing. Children are especially frightful of shadows. Owen, our 2nd Cute Kid, always makes sure that there are no strange shadows that he can see when he spends the night at our house. This protective security is needed in the life of a child. There can be strange and frightful things that come into each of our lives.

The Bible talks about God’s shadow and how it benefits His children. He covers us with the shadow of His hand. Isaiah 51:16   I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

God is big enough to cover you in the shadow of His hand. He can cover you and me at the same time. His desire is for your life to be joyful, depending upon Him all the way. When you follow His plan for your life, when you say what He wants you to say, when you don’t know what to do or where to turn, no worries, you are in the shadow of His hand! God’s hand never moves so much that His shadow is not where you need it to be. God’s protection is with you, His child. Embrace His shadow!