shadows – noun | \ˈsha-(ˌ)dō\s\

: a dark shape that appears on a surface when someone or something moves between the surface and a source of light
: an area of darkness created when a source of light is blocked
: a very small amount of something

Lately, I’ve been living in the shadows. My 3-week respiratory bug, then the workload of a new client have kept me holed up first on the couch, then in my office. The writing I’ve been doing for months, except for the past few weeks when there’s been very little writing at all, has been on a big project, a “later” project. And my words have barely seen the light of day. Even the weather until recently — cold, damp, and dreary — has kept me inside, tucked away.

My soul has felt stuck in the shadowlands.

But if I’m living life in the shadows, that can mean only one thing. Somewhere, there is light.

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I’ve been thinking about that this week now that the sun has finally shown his face several days in a row. I was up at the crack of dawn yesterday, and as I sat at my desk in the early morning hours, I watched as the sun rose up over our neighbor’s house. Only I wasn’t actually looking at the sun. The shadows cast on our fence and the other neighbor’s garage began to bounce and glow. I barely noticed that the light was growing brighter, but I was enchanted by the shadows dancing all around me.

Life is not a Hallmark card, and every cloud does not have a silver lining. In fact, sometimes many silver-lining-less clouds fill our skies for weeks or months or years, and we are threatened to despair. But the presence of shadows always indicates light, and “God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts.” This same God is the “Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

When we look away from the light, we begin to live in the darkness cast by our own shadows. When we turn toward the light, we have hope.

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Photo by Cristina Lavaggi via Unsplash. Definitions of my word of the week are from Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online.