“A man …….. as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” (Isaiah 32:2).
When we are kids, our parents are our comfort and shadow. When we grow our brothers and sisters are our helpers and shadow. When we get married our life partners are our shadow and taste. All of them are God’s gift to us.
Further, our relatives protect us. They help us in times of emergency. But God is greater to them all. What kind of shadow is he? “For You have been a strength to the poor a strength to the needy in his distress a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall (Isaiah 25:4).
How safe are the shadows of the cliffs! That is why the rock badgers are digging their homes in the cliffs. The pigeons had their home in the cracks of the rocks. God is a great shadow of rock for you. He will abundantly satisfy your thirst with the water of the rock. He guides you as a rock of wisdom and feeds you with the honey of the rock.
You need not worry at all since the shadow of the rock is placed as protection for you. Many creatures are living around the rock with protection. “The high hills are for the wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers (Psalm 104:18).
In which shadow have you entered for protection? Money? Wealth? Influence? Or Christ, the rock? “ “….that Rock was Christ “(I Corinthians 10:4). He is the refuge for the great winds. He is the hiding place for the atrocities of the cruel persons. He is the rock where every one of you could rest. Hide within Christ just as the pigeons take refuge in the cracks of the rock.
Once, a missionary was returning after ministering in a hilly area. The path was a forest area. Suddenly a huge bear interrupted him and began to chase him. The missionary ran very fast but the bear too chased him fiercely. At one stage the missionary understood that he cannot match the bear in running and at that moment a rock with an opening in it was noticed by him. Swiftly he went to the rock and pushed his entire body into the opening of the rock. The bear came near the rock but was unable to enter into the rock. It dashed against the rock a few times and at last went away.
His happiness knew no bounds. He knew that the opening in the rock was nothing but the wounds of Christ. This experience made him write the well-known hymn “Rock of Ages” which begins with the lines “Rock of ages, cleft for me. Let me hide in Thee.” Dear children of God, whenever evil thoughts, bad habits and obscene thinking chase you, come and reach the shadow of the rock.
To meditate: “And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge and for a shelter from storm and rain” (Isaiah 4:6)