You can feel it. You can sense it deep within you. A longing, a gnawing deep inside of you. The calling of your Creator to do exactly what you were created for. It stirs you.
You open the Scriptures for direction on your part. The words leap off the page and put a fire in your bones, passion in your soul and a purpose to your life. Through Scripture the Lord speaks to you your purpose. You know what He has designed you for. There’s an unquenchable thirst as the depths of you cry out to know the depths of God. Heavenly Father prunes and molds you –rubbing off rough edges with loving precision. It hurts but as you take shape you realize the more He molds, the more of Him you see. You so delight in the Lord you want more of Him, though you know it will cost you.
Your heart aches to do all God has called you to do. You can feel the pull from your gut to the lump in your throat. You yearn to fulfill His purpose for you but for some reason it’s not time yet. There’s an excitement in the air as somehow you know the “Lord” is playing one of His grandest compositions. Your spirit leans in as to not miss even the slightest whisper from the Lord. You know the time for you to play your part is coming. You can feel it. You can see it. You can almost grab hold of it. Yet somehow, it’s just beyond your grasp. It’s like your standing at the threshold to the door of your destiny. You look for your next step but there is nothing. No ground, no floor. Just a cliff full of clouds. You can see how experiences, trials and opportunities in life have been preparing you for your calling. Yet here you sit, in God’s waiting room. You’ve seen others come into the same place of waiting and you’ve seen them be called into motion. Yet, here you sit. Invisible in plain sight.
You are hidden in the shadow of the Almighty or what some may call “the land in between”, your desert. It’s that place where all the circumstances in your life are going in a different direction than what the Lord has shown you in your heart. Just like David was anointed as king in his youth yet was on the run, hiding in caves for years. There’s also Joseph who was shown in a dream the destiny the Lord had for him but found himself in Egypt… in jail. And of course there are the children of Israel who were promised deliverance from slavery and possession of the land God promised Abraham. Yet they wandered in the desert for 40 years. God had put a destiny in these people’s hearts yet the circumstances of their lives screamed a different future for them. Hidden in the shadow of the Almighty is a difficult place to be. You don’t know how long you will be there. You can’t see what’s ahead and sometimes you even may wonder if what is in your heart was from the Lord or just some crazy dream you dared to believe. If you can identify with any of this take heart because the shadow of the Almighty is a great place to be.
Shadows can be seen as negative but Scripture often speaks of them in a positive light. In the Bible shadow and shade are used interchangeably. Shadows have been a place of protection and rest. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:4 In the shadow of the Lord you can find protection and rest from storms, heat, disaster, trouble and people who are trying to harm you.
To be in a shadow and enjoy the shade it gives off, you have to be close to whatever is making the shadow. To be in the shadow of the Almighty we need to be close to the Lord. Being a wandering child who is following their own path will not get you into the cool shade. You must be close to the Lord. When you are close to the Lord you will enjoy a sweet relationship with Him that will give you peace of mind and heart no matter your circumstances.
To stay in the shadow of the Almighty you must follow Him closely, letting Him lead. So picture this, you are following the Lord which means He is in front of you. Your close to Him so you can stay in His shadow. This means you can’t see what’s ahead of you on your path. You can only see the Lord directly in front of you. I gave a simplified version of this lesson to my children to teach them to stay close to the Lord. For an object lesson they had to stay in my shadow. That was fairly simply when I was standing still but when I was moving they had to follow very close to me. They couldn’t be concerned with what was in the road ahead. They had to keep their eyes on my shadow and follow where I lead. This took some trust on their part that I was going to keep them safe and that wherever we went I would take care of them. In the same way we need to trust our Heavenly Father, not being concerned with where we are going. Not trying to give directions on how to get there and not worrying about what will happen once we’ve stopped. We must trust Him fully, convinced that He loves us and will take care of us.
While being hidden in the shadow of the Almighty there can be a time of development and training. Joseph and David were both being developed as leaders during their season of waiting to fulfill what God had called them to. The children of Israel were given opportunity to learn to trust the Lord for provisions and follow where He would lead. This time can also give us clarity of purpose. Other times our desert experiences are a matter of divine timing. John the Baptist came from the desert at just the right time to prepare the way for the Lord.
No matter what the reason may be for being hidden in the shadow of the Almighty always remember that though you may seem hidden to the world, God knows right where you are. He has not forgotten about you or His plans and promises to you. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49:15-16 Trust in the Lord and follow Him closely. Remember to keep your eyes on Him and not make an idol of your vision. God is the One we serve and His plans and purposes will come about in the right time.
The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand. Psalm 121:5
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of His hand He hid me; He
made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in His quiver.” Isaiah 49:2
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.