Shadows are scary. Remember how you used to be afraid of shadows when you were lying in bed as a kid? I’ve learned a few things about shadows.

First, shadows can’t hurt you.

Second, shadows are always bigger than the source.

Third, wherever there’s a shadow, there has to be a light. You can’t have a shadow without light.

So the key when you’re going through the valley of the shadow is to turn your back on the shadow and look at the light. As long as you keep your eyes on the light, Jesus, the light of the world, the shadow won’t scare you.

In some lives you can see the treasure, there is sweetness and beauty about them, “the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit,” and you wonder where the power of God came from. It came from the dark places, the shadows, where God revealed His will in unexpected issues. They have learned that shadows always prove the sunshine.

That’s how you go through the valley of the shadows and lower your stress. You trust God in the dark shadows.

When I am ready to give up, he knows what I should do. Psalm 142:3