Day 35: Shadow

Happy Thursday and Day 35 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y’all!
First things first: for those of you who were wondering (all none of you) yes, I did survive without yogurt yesterday.  Did it mean that I was completely out of it by the time I came home and started charting yesterday afternoon? Yes.  Did it also mean that I didn’t finish my calorie ring yesterday? Yes.  Am I okay with that? Time will tell.
Okay, now, onto actual blogging.
This morning’s reading from James really stood out to me today, so I guess that’ll be what this is based on.  (Yes, I’m still in James.  This is why I don’t try to read the bible in a year – it takes me months to make it through a single (short) book!)
James 1:17 (TPT)
Every gift (legacy) God freely gives to us is good and perfect (complete, wholesome, abundant, sufficient, enough, and perfect), streaming down from the Father of lights who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness (no shadow of turning), and is never subject to change. 
I’m not really sure how to transition into my thoughts this morning, so I guess I’ll just dive in.
Y’all, it says that every gift God gives us is good and perfect.
Every gift He gives is enough.
But how often does it seem like the things we are given aren’t enough?
I know recently I’ve been thinking a lot about my failures – my shortcomings and insufficiencies.  And in this, it’s easy to think, ‘God, why did you make this way? Why didn’t you make me better? Stronger? Wiser? Better at working with people? Better at handling emotions?  Why didn’t you make me normal?’
But here in James it says that every gift given by the Father is enough.
And guess what?
This life? With all of its imperfections?
It’s a gift.
Freely given by the Father.
And therefore?
It’s good.
Because the Father who gave it is good.
And, as hard as it might be to believe some days, He doesn’t make mistakes.
Admittedly, it can be hard for me to see the good in my ‘bad’.  It can hard for me to see what good could possibly come out of my awkwardness, my tendency towards fear and anger, my inappropriate emotional responses.
But, at the end of the day, I’m reminded that I can trust the one who created me.
If He can form the galaxies, fix the stars, and give life to all, surely He is capable of holding me too.
And the best part?

At the end of this verse, James reminds us that in God there is no shadow of turning.

As I contemplate this phrase, I first think to what a shadow is.
It isn’t an actual object.
It isn’t the reflection of an object.
No, it’s, often, a faint image of an object.
Without detail.
Without color.
That has no true form or identity.
And y’all, in God, there is no shadow – no faint image, no small hint – of turning or change.
He is constant.
He has been constant.
He will continue to be constant.
‘Til tomorrow,
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