We have an enemy. He likes to pervert truth. He is the master of deception.

There will be times on our journey Home when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

But God. ❤️

His Spirit, His Light, His Truth… He pierces through the darkness, through the shadows.

You may feel isolated and alone, but do not grieve His Spirit – He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you.

When you see the darkness around you, when you feel it closing in, make the choice to run into His shadow. Dwell in His shelter. Abide in His presence. It will still be dark, but you’ll be safe in His Holy shadow.

Don’t mistake this darkness for something other than His shadow. It’s not separation. You are under His wings.

He is your shield, your refuge, your covering. He is protecting you and keeping you hidden.

His song of love over you will not cease. His waves of grace will not stop washing over you. His river of Living Water will not run dry.

In today’s reading of My Utmost For His Highest, Oswald Chambers wrote: “When the darkness of dismay comes, endure until it is over, because out of it will come that following of Jesus which is an unspeakable joy.”

Not if. When. Times of dismay will come. In this world we will have trouble. May we never give up! May we endure the darkness and learn to retreat to His presence. Our perspective changes everything; if our eyes are fixed on Him and not our problems, we can persevere through anything. The enemy’s scheme is to get our eyes off of Him. Don’t let him.

Keep running your race, gaze fixed on the Author and Perfecter of your faith. Keep following after the One who gave His all for you. He is worthy! By faith, see the light at the end of the tunnel – Heaven! The promise of all things made new, and eternity with God. Trust that He can bring good out of the darkness, even if it’s simply the assurance that He’s holding you in cupped hands. To rest secure in His shadow – it’s one of the best places on this earth to be.

Joy is coming. Unspeakable joy, in this life and the life to come. The joy of following after Jesus. Hang on. Wait for it. Wait for Him. He is never late, He is always faithful. He loved you first; He pursued you and chased you down, so that you could know His love.

The best is yet to come.

Winter doesn’t last forever. It’s a season. Here in Pennsylvania, winter is still here. My heart is heavy and crushed and the enemy tries to overshadow my soul with darkness. But God’s Word is a light to my path in the darkness, showing me the way into His shadow. Jesus made a way for me to enter in; I will choose to go. I will walk by faith, not by sight. I will quiet the lies and noise of the world with His glorious Truth.

I will not be overcome by darkness. I will find rest in His loving shadow.