Shadows are underappreciated

His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself.  

Ephesians 4:30 The Message

During our recent international trip we went on a sunset hike through a mountain valley that was covered in a few inches of fluffy snow (yes, in June!). The sun was just beginning to lower itself behind the mountains when we started our trek. As we wove in and out of prickly bushes that glistened in the waning light, we were treated to an unusually beautiful backdrop that was captured in the above picture. One of the peaks was somehow casting its shadow onto a cloud hovering above it.

This scene reminds me of the Holy Spirit. It’s like our shadow, following us wherever we go and through whatever circumstances we experience. Often it’s only when the sun shines on us that remember it’s  there – this may be when we read the Bible, hear about the Holy Spirit in a sermon, or talk about it with friends. It’s at times like these when we actively think about this great gift that God gave us. But why do we think about it so infrequently? Why do we not consistently cherish its presence within us? Why don’t we look to it more often for strength, comfort, and guidance? Let’s make this week a time to do all of these things.

As for our travels, today I will post additional picture clues to my Where in the world is Heather? post to help you figure out our destination.


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