I’m Striving For One GINORMOUS Shadow!


“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” – Eph. 5:1-2


In the theater world there are people who shadow other actors or performers.  Often, it is a person using sign language to interpret and allow deaf viewers the ability to understand what’s happening.  There are also those who shadow the lead actors in order to learn the trade at a deeper level.  This is called Job Shadowing.  The shadow-er is to watch and learn from the veteran artist, then mimic what they’ve learned.  This is a great example to illustrate how we are to mirror who God is.

Most often, when a person is interpreting for another actor, they are dressed in full costume as if they were the main character on stage.  They are to perform the same dance and song, as they sign, so those that are hearing impaired can see and understand the entire story.

While spending time job shadowing with a seasoned expert, no matter the field of study, the shadow-er is to observe everything he or she does, so that they can know what’s expected of them while fulfilling a daily task.

As I read over this bit of information, I had to ask myself, so how am I to imitate, or shadow God?  The answer is not hard to figure out.  I must follow Jesus’ example.

If I get to know Jesus and stay close to Him, I will gain confidence in sharing Him with others.  I cannot tell someone about a movie I’ve not yet seen, so how can I expect to tell others of Jesus’ love if I don’t take time getting to know Him?

The wonderful thing about “Job Shadowing” Jesus, is we never will have to go to work without Him; unlike our earthly employers.  We will always have Him present to mirror as long as we follow His lead.  God is the source of light that cast our shadows for others to see.  Jesus is our “seasoned expert” that enables us to have source to the Light.

The word, “Shadowing” is also used when it comes to the computer world.  I’m no expert in this field but I did find it interesting that you can inherit one program into another.  You can have a complete thing in itself, an Integer, shadow a function – an activity or purpose for a person or thing.  As Christians, we are made complete in Christ, (Integer).  Jesus had a specific purpose, (Function) while here on this earth, to seek and save that which is lost; mankind.  If we are complete in Jesus, then we should be shadowing Him, so others can find what can only complete them and fulfill their purpose.

I may not be able to fix your computer but I can lead you to Christ, the One who can fill the void in your soul.  He can rid your processor of all viruses and reboot your system!  How do you like that play on words…LOL!  You can inherit His purpose and plan for your life, and be made absolutely complete.  It is possible to function at full capacity without crashing when imitating God.

Here’s one more interesting piece of information.  When an object is in motion, the shadow cast by the object will project an image expanding faster than the object’s own length of movement. The increase of size and movement is also true if the distance between the object and light source are closer.  This tells me, that the closer we are to our light source, God, the greater we will be because He is illuminating the work He is doing through us.

A shadow only exist when a strong light source is in front of it.  A shadow can possess great strength if it’s being led by the light source.  If the shadow tries to go before the light, it no longer exist.

“Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.” – Isaiah 60:1-3

~Shannan

Sources:
Definition of Shadow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow
Shadowing – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadowing
Job Shadowing – http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-job-shadowing.htm
For example, an Integer variable can shadow a Function procedure – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/c4swkw24%28v=vs.71%29.aspx

1 Comment

  1. Lisa Friesen said,

    01/19/2011 at 11:50

    Great blog Shannan! Love it 🙂
    Love to you,
    Lisa


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