Does God even have a shadow?
Wondering about God’s shadow in Psalm 91:1 took me on an unexpected journey today.
Today is Groundhog Day in America. The day a furry little rodent named Punxsutawney Phil is given a great big party in Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney, Pa to see if his shadow is cast or not.
The crowd eagerly awaits to see, but Phil, not liking all the fuss, wants to head back into his man cave and binge on NetFlix movies, including the movie Groundhog Day where he has a guest appearance.
Okay, that’s my modern interpretation, but still, either way, it’s funny.
Punxsutawney Phil Did Not See His Shadow in 2016. So of course, we will have an early spring. We can count on it, and take it to the bank, right?
But there is a shadow we can count on.
God’s shadow is mentioned 50 times in the English Standard Version of the Bible, sometimes referring to His protection. In Psalm 91:1 it is one of those times, promising that if we dwell in His shelter, we will abide in His shadow. God wants an intimate relationship with us, one where He can take care of us with His divine protection.
God doesn’t hide from us, He wants us to live successfully, joyfully, and confidentially under His shadow. There is nothing that will keep this from happening, no lack of sunshine, cloud formations, storms, or world events. Nothing. He loves us and wants to be our protector.
I think it’s fun to have joy-filled events each year, and Groundhog day is one of them, but the bigger celebration is that God’s shadow is always present, waiting for us to seek His shelter.