The Shadow on the Wall (A Poem and Devotion)

autumn leaves trees

The breezes, they intensify
The shadow on the wall
I look up during prayer time
The cross, it stands so tall

’Tis but a shadow in passing
Glimpsing reality
This picture mirrored just for me
Reflects eternity

Pushed and pulled in abandonment
Leaves thrown this way, then that
Like life with all of its problems
Through it all, the cross sat

I’m just sharing what I was shown
Should’ve captured for sure
Through a time’s lens for all to see
The message and the cure

For there upon my laundry wall
In its perfect glory
The picture of sweet redemption
Sin, the cross … His story

This is about a time during prayer a few weeks ago, when the sunlight streamed through the closed glass panelled door and shone a wonderful picture upon the wall in front of me. I wish I had taken a photo of it because to me it was profound and a gift from God.

It was quite windy outside, hence the shadows of the leaves were moving swiftly one way and then the other, lost with no direction, in turmoil, like life sometimes; but the shadow of the frame of the door reflected the beautiful cross and no matter how fast the leaves were moving, the cross stood firm.

Our Hope, the Lord Jesus Christ, stands firm. He is our solid Rock. May we always look to Him in all of our troubles; but not only then, in our good times too. May we always have a grateful heart, no matter our situation, problems, illnesses or sorrow … ours or our loved ones.

He came to heal the broken-hearted, to open prison doors and set the captives free, to open the eyes of the blind (spiritually) and being the Great Physician, there is no disease too difficult for Him to heal, no pain too great for Him to remove. He’ll apply His precious healing balm. On the cross, all was absorbed within His body. He died that we might have life; but we must come before Him and acknowledge our desperate need for forgiveness and salvation. Why do we need to be saved you may say? We’re not lost! His word says otherwise. We have all gone astray.

He is our Creator; but until we acknowledge Him as our Father, we are lost. We may not feel it, or like we have ever done wrong, especially if comparing our ‘slip ups in life’ to others; but we all need to be forgiven. We need to forgive others and we need to forgive ourselves, because there has always been a time in each of our lives when we have been hurt or hurt others. We may have tried to forget it. We may have tried to hide it. God sees and knows all though. Darkness is as light to Him, nothing is ever hidden and one day we will all stand before Him and give an account of our life. If you are a believer and have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you are already forgiven and accepted in the Beloved.

I pray that those who read this and have yet to come to Him and have the emptiness deep inside their heart (and we all have that) filled as only He can fill, will stop and really think about eternity. It exists. You have to make a decision. You are either with God or with the enemy. When it comes to eternity, there is no grey area. Come to Him while there is still time. He is calling you personally. Call or cry out to Him to have Him reveal Himself to you. He will.

May the gift of the Father God’s love wash over and fill you completely. May He open your eyes that you may see, the wondrous promise of eternal life through the only way to heaven … His precious, only begotten Son.

He loves us so much, more than we can ever comprehend.

This started as a poem. How beautiful it is that it’s been changed to a devotion. A challenging question! God bless all who read this. May His healing virtue flow through every need in your life and flow outwardly into all who have been placed upon your path.

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

9 thoughts on “The Shadow on the Wall (A Poem and Devotion)

  1. It is no wonder that God is called the Rock: firm and sure foundation for our faith. This beautifully compliments the Cross that stands tall and center for all generations. We know the “safest” place to be: forgiven and close to our Father’s heart!


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