Shadow Games

Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!
Psalm 90:1 NLT
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For the past month, one of our boys has been nearly obsessed with a new television show. It’s reveals the way our brains interpret visual information and how easily our brains can be tricked because of this. It’s actually pretty cool, so we are now all a little obsessed. We learned that much of what we think is based upon our perceptions of light and dark – we gather a lot of information from shadows. The example they gave was a computer-generated image of a ball rolling across the floor. I “knew” the ball was rolling because it’s shadow was attached to it the entire time. When the replayed the same image, only changing the shadow’s placement – this time making it bounce – the ball appeared to be dribbling across the floor instead of rolling. A third time, they kept the rolling ball the same, but made the shadow run parallel to it about 4″ below – it appeared the ball was now floating.

The conclusions I gathered were based upon applying trusted information to my brain’s visual intake of new information. Apparently, I trust that shadows don’t lie so I focused on that element more than everything else and it became simple to understand new information!

This got me wondering: What do I trust more than anything else? What is the “shadow” that I use when trying to understand life’s big questions? I know the answer is supposed to be God, but unfortunately I think a lot more times than I care to admit, it’s something else. I have let so many different emotions, relationships, sex, fears, and even silly hunger pains take on that role instead. This week, the words of Psalm 90 sweetly grounded me with assurance that God is the only one worthy of that kind of trust.

“Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!
Before the mountains were created, before you made the earth and the world, you are God, without beginning or end.
You turn people back to dust, saying, ‘Return to dust!’ 
For you, a thousand years are as yesterday! They are like a few hours!” (Psalm 90:1-4 NLT)

God has been our home throughout all generations. He is the reason light is separate from darkness. He created us from dust and allows us to return to it. Time isn’t even a stable entity in his perfection! His standard far exceeds any assurance my brain has elsewhere. God is the ultimate game changer. When I allow his word and his Holy Spirit to be my guide, I never have to fear being tricked by shadows.

Challenge: Whenever I receive new information this week, I will talk with God about it in prayer AND research the topic in my Bible before I use any other means to obtain understanding.

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Dear Lord, thank you for giving me small glimpses into how loving and strong you are. Sharpen me more each day so that I can have more than just glimpses of your glory. Let me look at all I see, hear and do through your filter of truth. Amen.

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I believe that you can bump into God outside of a Sunday morning church service. That is what Messy Worship is: a written meditation with an authentic, transparent take on the Bible's application to today's world. This is where I challenge myself to blurr the line between "life" and "worship" so much that the line disappears a little more each day. I hope, by sharing what I learn, the idea of a seamless life of worship becomes contagious.

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