“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4, NIV 1984).
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:51–57, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Groundhog Day is a popular tradition celebrated in Canada and the United States on February 2nd. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early. While the tradition remains popular in modern times, studies have found no consistent correlation [you think?] between a groundhog seeing its shadow or not and the subsequent arrival time of spring-like weather. (Wikipedia). This year, March 20th is the Spring (Northern Hemisphere) equinox. Shadow or no, that’s seven weeks (and I apologize for dragging our Northern neighbors into this).
Shadow or no, uncertain days lay ahead. In the U.S., it’s a looming contentious election in the wake of an impeachment and acquittal (presumably). In the U.K., good or bad, Brexit has arrived at long last. In China (and now other countries), fears about the coronavirus continue to increase. Global warming is a leading concern of most nations (except maybe the U.S., at least officially?). And how long before a rogue nation or group unleashes a dirty bomb or something even worse? All combined, merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg. No matter how you spin it, the shadows are lengthening. Perhaps, like the groundhog, we’d all like to crawl back into some burrow and forget about it until “spring” arrives.
We need not fear these uncertainties or evils. If we are in Christ, one of these days (seems like its getting sooner and sooner), we’re “outa here.” Either by walking “through the valley of the shadow of death,” or “in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet!” If we are in Christ, we have more to look forward to than we have to dread.
My Advice – Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1–4, NIV 1984). Have you trusted in Him? There is no fearing the shadows when you do. Do you want to know the way?
Want to know the way? See my blog series “The Born Again Experience.