"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:4-9
Mountains cast shadows in much the same way. Even the shadow of a small mountain can be three times taller than it's actual height, and can fill an entire valley with darkness during the middle of the day. It's not that the mountain is really all that big, it's that the shadow makes it appear much larger than it really is.
Scripture calls our trials and tribulations "mountains" They are large problems or dilemmas that we cannot possibly conquer by ourselves. Like mountains, they are bigger than us. And just as that heron prohibited me from seeing the sun's rays and feeling their warmth, often the shadow cast by the "mountain" we are facing keeps us from seeing and feeling God in the midst of our trouble.
When we stand in the shadow and face the mountain, we cannot see the brightness of the sun. However, that does not mean that the power of the sun is diminished in any way or that it has stopped shining. In fact, the sun is still the very same in it's brightness and in it's power. It's ability to warm and to nourish the earth is unchanged. The shadow is only an indication that the sun is still shining!
In time, the movement of the earth will position the sun in such a way that the valley that was once dark with shadows will be bright with the light from the sun and we will forget that it was ever blocked.
God's promises are like the sun, always shining, always bright, always "yes" and "amen"! Even though circumstances, trials, or tribulations block from our view the reality of God's presence, of His unceasing faithfulness, and of His awesome power, He is still there, more powerful than the sun, as He looks with all-seeing eyes into the shadows that have covered us in darkness.
We must wait, in faith, knowing that eventually, in the time allotted for the process, God will come shining through in all His brightness and we will see that He is not only bigger than the mountain, He is also bigger than the shadow it casts. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. His love never fails. His power is only diminished by the absence of faith. But even when our faith is weak, He is faithful because He will not deny Himself.
What mountains are looming overhead in your life? How big the shadow is it casting in your life? Look above! In just a little while you will see the sun rising over the horizon illuminating the path that leads up and over every tribulation and every trial. You will cross the mountain and realize that it was not nearly the size that the shadows had indicated. As Mary did, ponder this in your heart. When you come to the next mountain that you need to cross you will be able to rest in the valley as you wait, no matter how big a shadow is cast. You will know that God is right there. He's not on his way. You are not alone. He will not delay. He will not be late. He will be just as He has always has been through all of time-Faithful, true and strong-confounding even the greatest attempt of the enemy to keep you in darkness and from the warmth of His love.