The Shade Giver

Celebration of Palms, Day 4 of 8. Wednesday.

In the Gospels, Wednesday is a quiet day in the Holy Week accounts. There is nothing recorded about the days interactions of Jesus. It does says in Luke 22:37, “Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening He went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives.” So likely He went into Jerusalem at least to buy nourishment for the day and spend time teaching in the temple. Otherwise, it is a calm day before the “storms” begin on Thursday. So think of it as the sunny day before the ominous clouds gather on the horizon. 

The sun casts shadows on a colorful building in Nassau, Bahamas. Ponder the strength of Jesus to give us shelter from the storms. Psalm 91:1 says, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” I’ll take that shelter and rest any day. Jesus is the shade-giver.

One event of note for the day: it is likely that Judas used Wednesday to sneak away and make his services available for delivering Jesus into the hands of the religious leaders. (In some traditions the day is called Spy Wednesday) Judas possibly snuck away a lot since the other disciples probably thought nothing of it. The onset of the traitor. A shifty character through and through. Not worthy of trust. We sometimes learn the hard way to NOT trust people when they hurt, abuse or lie to us. Character does matter. But the Father is not that way. It says of Him in James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” He doesn’t change. He is always good, trustworthy, loving and just. So we can have confidence that living in His shelter (perhaps said better is His protection) is a place worth the effort. Finding rest (perhaps peace is a better meaning) because we take the steps to live in His shelter is a nice pay-off. Who doesn’t want peace, when the sunny days are there or when the storms rage?

Storms are on the horizon for all of us, no one is exempt from life’s difficulties. Today, won’t you take steps to find shelter in the Father’s shade? The peace that results is far better than a vacation in the Bahamas.

Photo by Mick Haupt  ©2001  | shot on slide film, Canon A2


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