The Light in the Shadows

I can say with a genuine heart that my walk for more than a year now has been guided and protected in ways that are hard to explain. I have experienced the pure promise of the Lord as my shepherd. I have witnessed the comfort of Him fulfilling my needs as I turn to Him to ease the burden of my sorrow.

My spirit has been renewed through this promise as a gift. The gratitude that comes from such a gift has ignited a servant’s heart calling me to follow the Lord with sincere respect and integrity.

The valley of the shadow of death speaks to me in a specific way…maybe for obvious reasons. I have been in and am going through this valley. It is as if I am walking through a forest on a sunny day. With the thick brush of the trees I am unable to see the sun, but as I travel through the random clearings along the way, the light from above is revealed. It brings with it warmth and a clear vision for the path that lies before me. The assurance of this light continues to subdue the fears as they surface within the shadows of my journey.

I am not to fear my enemies for the Lord is my protector and healer in all things. I have been blessed and continue to experience His grace as the power of His promise continues to reveal itself. I know as I continue to look to Him in all that I do, He will remain compassionate for my needs as He sees them. I will rely on these things knowing I will be with the Lord beyond always.

…This has been my experience of the 23rd Psalm

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

May God Bless You and Give You Grace.

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About Michael Cartwright

Follower of Christ Jesus! I am a person of patience, compassion and understanding. I have been married to my wonderful wife Stephanie since 1990. We have 3 children Dalton, Dylan and my late daughter Angelica (My Angel Girl) who ascended to the heavens on June 29, 2010. She continues to teach me many great lessons.
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9 Responses to The Light in the Shadows

  1. Debbie says:

    What a beautiful expose on the 23rd Psalm, Michael. Thank you for the encouragement that His grace is the power of His promise. You continue to be an inspiration.

  2. ephesians516 says:

    Thank you for painting a vivid word picture of the journey through the valley of the shadow of death. For those of us who walk through it, the light that occasionally breaks through is a welcome brightness and warmth. I appreacite the depth of your writings.

    Wishing you God’s peace and comfort.

    Andy

  3. Ann Gardner says:

    Thank you. I really enjoyed this and have been going back to it daily.
    A lot of food for thought.

  4. Tom Raines says:

    Powerful! “beyond always”! How grateful are we?!! Thanks!

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