So my lil’ man, Matthias is almost 2 years old.
And that means that we have been starting to frequently hear:
*a whiny tone of voice
*the words “me do it myself” and
*tantrums if he is misunderstood or
*tantrums when frustrated because he can’t do something he has his mind set on.
So, as we were walking out of church, I heard the “tone” and looked back at Matthias who was walking behind daddy. At first glance, the protective mother in me quickly and pridefully thought, “why isn’t Pete following him or walking beside him?” And then Pete said to me, “he likes to walk in my shadow.” So, Matthias was getting frustrated because he was having a tough time staying in Pete’s shadow as they walked to the car.
I just turned around and continued walking to the car as I started to converse with God. Amazed. Reminded. Humbled. Asking God that Matthias would always choose to walk in the shadow His Heavenly Father and that Pete would be a godly eathly father to continue leading Matthias to the Lord. Then I started asking God to help me to slow down or move beind God to always remain in His shadow throughout my life on this earth in the highs and lows.
I was prompted to read up on the promises and commands of how to be and why to be in God’s shadow:
“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
“Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.”
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
MY FAVORITE OF ALL
“I have put my words in your mouth and
covered you with the shadow of my hand –
I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth,
and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
I am so thankful that we don't have to work so hard to walk in God's shadow and get frustrated. I am so thankful that Our God is Greater. Our God is Bigger. Just the shadow of His hand covers me and covers you. Wow! I can't wait until Matthias understands this great truth. There in the shadow we will find rest and refuge. Two things we will all need as we live this earthly life.
Yes, forgive me God for believing in a god that's so small. You set the heavens in place. You laid the foundations of the earth. You call me your own.