Lenten Devotion: Reliable Shadows

Lenten Devotion 2019

Friday Mar, 8

Psalm 91:1-2

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,

who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

Will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;

my God in whom I trust.”

Reliable shadows

Some shadows are more reliable than others. On February 2nd Punxsutawney Phil, that infamous weather prognosticating groundhog, did not see his shadow for only the 19th time in 123 years. It was to be an early spring. More than a month later, after countless days of subzero temperatures, endless snowfall, freezing rain, ice, and wind, spring is nowhere in sight. It turns out that a groundhog’s shadow doesn’t have much to say about our world around us, at least not this year anyway.

Today our psalmist speaks of another shadow. This shadow is not the one cast by a hibernating rodent or even the one we see on the pathway before us as we walk in front of an evening sun. This is the “shadow of the Almighty.” God’s shadow does not come and go with the seasons. It is not contingent on the rising and setting of the sun, moon, and stars. God’s shadow is not a literal shadow but the reality of God’s presence, which is our shelter, our refuge, our fortress. God’s shadow in this season of Lent is a reliable prognosticator. And what it prognosticates is the same every year. 40 more days of Lent and then the love, life and light of Easter.

Pr. Daniel Joyner Miller