For the longest time I lay there, quietly assessing that thing moving across the wall of my bedroom. It was the blackest of night, and I was absolutely certain I was doomed. Wishing I had a gun, or at the very least a guard dog, I held my breath - as if to do so would make me invisible.
After no few moments of heart-pounding trepidation I realized I'd arrived at a false conclusion. That threatening thing - that figure on the wall was nothing but a shadow. The night's gentle wind had stirred a large Fir bough which, turn, was wafting itself up & down. It's shadow appeared before me - as if pretending to be a marauding intruder at the foot of my bed. What was utterly convincing one moment, turned out to be folly the next.
Once I figured out what I was up against, I realized the shadow was merely a dancing facsimile of the reality of the Fir's night antics. Fear subsided, my breathing resumed. My bug eyes were replaced with a faint smile and great relief. No longer did it seem so prudent to purchase a fire arm.
Shadows ... I wonder ...
- how many of them come-and-go from my life as if the real deal?
- how many of them startle or frighten me, when the reality would do anything but that?
- how many of them I don't even notice, when to do so would summon my eye to some great thing, or something of beauty?
He that dwelleth in the
secret place of the most High
shall abide under the
shadow of the Almighty.
~ Psalm 91:1
He that dwelleth
to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry
in the secret
a cover (in a good or a bad, a literal or a figurative sense) -- backbiting, covering, covert, disguise(-th), hiding place, privily, protection, secret(-ly, place).
place of the most High
an elevation, i.e. (adj.) lofty (compar.); as title, the Supreme -- (Most, on) high(-er, -est), upper(-most).
to stop (usually over night); by implication, to stay permanently; hence (in a bad sense) to be obstinate (especially in words, to complain)
under the shadow
shade, whether literal or figurative -- defence, shade(-ow).
of the Almighty
the Almighty -- Almighty.
A 'shadow' is an image cast by a person or object, as that person or object intercepts a light source. The dictionary defines a 'shadow' as, "an imperfect image or copy". This is interesting as it shows the 'shadow' is far removed from its cause, and is therefore to be seen as vastly inferior to its 'antitype', the person or object which forms it.