Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Just Me and My Shadow

Scott and I were able to drive down the Oregon coast this past Friday
and were astounded and blessed with the view.
It is hard to describe the beautiful mountain peaks that end in
foamy, sandy ocean beaches without the cliques.

 I was speechless.

All the beauties of America are wrapped up into one coast.
Viewing all 518 pictures later,
I was surprised that my favorites were always the ones with my
I realized how much I have missed my
 my elusive, long-lost friend, who hides for

I know she's there, I know she is a part of me,
 I just don't enjoy her presence very often.
I have to live by faith that she is there,
waiting to publicly join me on one of my
Momma Mindy Moments.

Sometimes, my shadow has a sassy attitude.

She was happy to be near Astoria, where Lewis and Clark spent their second winter.

My shadow is happily married to another scarcely seen shadow.

Our shadows are much wider than we actually are, of course.

My shadow loves wading in water with those Chaco sandals
that never leave her feet once the rainy season is over.

This is the same ocean water where Lewis and Clark soaked their prickly-pear cactus scraped toes
after their acclaimed trip across the Louisiana Purchase.

They just don't have a picture to prove it.

My shadow loves little flowers that bloom randomly in the sand.

My shadow's spouse loved the friendly dog on the beach.
He named him Buster. His face was cute and all smashed-in lookin'.
The dog's face, that is.

A shadow is a flighty, fleeting image,
but it is a representation of a very real presence.
The shadow is a promise that something else is really there,
its presence made evident with the light of the sun.

I looked up "shadow" verses in the Bible and was reminded
 the Lord God of Heaven has a shadow. I guess He has wings, too.

Psalm 91:1
"He that dwells in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."

Psalm 57:1
"Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me:
for my soul trusts in you: yes,
in the shadow of your wings will I make my refuge,
until these calamities be past."

The Lord's shadow is a representation of His very real presence,
offering us shelter, comfort, help and refuge.
As His almighty wings surround us,
the Lord's shadow is a promise that He is really there;
His presence is made evident by the Light of His Son.

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