Wouldn’t it be nice if we had our own shadow-prediction, indicating whether the weather in life will be wintry or spring-like? These are thoughts that wash my brain, as I consider that today is Groundhog day. It is a day, where at precisely “7:20 February 2nd at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania he (Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog) will observe the weather conditions and look for his shadow he will then make his prediction for the remainder of winter.” You can read more here for the history of Groundhog day.
And it’s all fine and good–fun even, unless you are caught in a cyclical day like this one. But what I really want to know is a predictor of life, as we live it. Will is be rainy or sunny, wintry or balmy?
Wouldn’t it be such a delight to see our own shadow and know that for the next six weeks, we should hide under the covers? That isn’t the way it works, but this we can know–Jesus does not change like shifting shadows. Though He doesn’t always give us a sign of the days and moments to come, He promises to be with us in each one.
Jesus changes not–the same yesterday, today and forever. He walks with us each step of the way. He shows us the way–this is the way, walk in it! He shows us what we need to know–See? I am doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it? But above all, He promises that even when it seems like we are on a hamster-wheel and cannot get off, He is working in us and through us–to will and to act according to His good purpose. We need only Come to Him. Find rest in Him. Be filled to the fullness of Him. And know that He is God.
Just like a friend of mine, who just today told me her hope barrel is scraping the bottom. Winter came. Winter has stayed. She needs a glimpse of spring. And OH, how I pray for spring in her life. The shadow came…and the Faithful and True took hold of her hand. He has not left her–not for a moment.
[ From the Shadows to the Substance ] My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 The Message
So if today, you find yourself ready to crawl under the covers for six more weeks, come on and peek out. Ask Jesus to take hold of your hand. Ask Him to show you the new thing He is doing. Ask Him to make your shadows a place of springs. Come Living Water, we want more of You. He shall satisfy your soul and be plentiful all your days, until you see him face to face.
Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.