Day 30: Darkness and Light – I love the benefits of running, but it is not a natural endeavor for me. I don’t feel God’s pleasure, or whatever that Chariots of Fire guy, Eric Liddell, says. (I’m frankly a little skeptical that’s even a true statement.) I can usually manage to make it a few miles, however, if I’m distracted by podcasts or music. One day in particular, I chose to leave my devices at home in order to spend some uninterrupted time thanking God for his guiding hand over the course of my life.
As I dashed from one shady pecan tree to the next, I noticed how groupings of trees on either side of the road reached for the sky, creating a canopy effect above. Their leaves harbored me with shade and simultaneously gifted me with sunlit, sparkly patterns on the ground below. All at once, shadow and light were at play.
Overcoming shame is something like navigating that path beneath the canopy. The road may be unclear, murky, and dark at times. The effort may feel brutal and exhausting. In the end, though, we find that God guides us with tender grace and even dares to delight us along the way—a sprinkling of light on our dark path, rays from a resplendent sun cutting through the shadows, radiance in the midst of shame.
Consider: As you think back over your life, the good and the bad, what themes stand out? How has God been at work in you over the years?
Prayer: God, please glorify yourself in powerful ways through my life. Help me to live as a woman unashamed, in you. Amen
(Sections taken from Overcomer by Aubrey Sampson. Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.)