Shelter Under God’s Shadow

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The other day when I walked across a hot asphalt parking lot in this oppressive heat we’ve experienced recently here in my part of Texas, I wished for shade and thought of recess during the years I taught.

There was only one shade tree on the playground.

You’d think that anyone with sense would stand under that tree when the temperatures soared to the upper 90s, wouldn’t you?

Well, it seems I was the only teacher who wasn’t looking to add to their tan and saw any wisdom in seeking shelter from the sun.

Until one day another teacher joined me to get out of the broiling heat.

He agreed when I told him even cows had enough sense to stand in the shade.

Another thought entered my mind as I crossed that parking lot. Why hadn’t I worn my wide-brimmed hat?

I knew why. I don’t wear my hat when I go to the store because I don’t want people to look at me and think I’m weird. Instead, I’d rather get scorched.

Sounds like I’m not as smart as a cow, after all.

God offers us permanent protection under the shadow of his wings, but like me and my wide-brimmed hat, sometimes we decide to go it alone.

We refuse to accept the relief he offers.

Maybe we step out of his shade because we are afraid of what our friends or co-workers might think.

Maybe we don’t want them to think we’re weird because we trust in Jesus. So we stand in the sun and burn.

Just as there can be negative consequences to standing in the sun too long without seeking the shelter of shade (I know all about the negatives of skin cancer) there can be much worse negative consequences for standing outside the shelter of God’s shade.

Instead of just wearing a hat or standing under a tree for protection maybe we need to seek out the real life-saving protection of God Most High, and stay in the shadow of his wings.

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Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful. Then you will say to the Lord, “You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you.” The Lord will keep you safe from secret traps and deadly diseases. He will spread his wings over you and keep you secure. His faithfulness is like a shield or a city wall. Psalm 91:1-4 (CEV)

I wish you well.


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