The salt spray whipped my face as I grappled with the harsh criticism I had just received. I felt as battered as the rocks piled haphazardly in the path of the thundering waves. The roaring, turbulent, grey water thrashed onto the desolate beach.
From the horizon a streak of emerald green advanced rapidly towards the land. The dark shadows fled in fear from the encroaching band of sunlight. Blue sky dashed after the threatening clouds, chasing them towards the distant mountain peaks. The scene changed in an instant to one of beauty and hope.
Out to sea another streak of colour, dark grey, moved in fast. Within a matter of minutes the shadows returned. The beach was again dismal and overcast. But there was a difference. I knew that the sun was there. It would shine again.
My life is like that. Deep in the shadows of despair, overcast by clouds of suspicion and distrust, everything looks dismal. But when I allow the Son to shine through, His light chases the shadows. I still face the same storms, the fierce winds of criticism. But I take heart – for I know that the Son is still there.
Over to you: No shadow can remain when the Son is allowed to shine. Where do you need Him to shine today?
SHIRLEY CORDER lives on the coast in South Africa with her husband. Her book, Strength Renewed: Meditations for your Journey through Breast Cancer contains 90 meditations based on some of the ways God's Son-light shone through and chased away the shadows in the cancer valley. It is available globally in print or online in e-versions.