The Father of Lights Has No Shadow of Turning

The Father of Lights declares His glory in all of creation.
The Father of Lights declares His glory in all of Creation.

by Nan Jones @NanJonesAuthor

Sunlight blazed from the summer sky filling the earth with heaven’s light. Blue and I walked along our country road — Blue sniffing out critters, me whispering prayers and finding refuge beneath my Father’s wing.

Sunbeams Filtered Through the Forest From the Father of Lights

The Spirit of God made His Presence known all about me as the gentle breeze whispered through the pines.

The Father of Lights cast exquisite sunbeams filtering through the canopy of interlocked pine, oak, and elm.

The Father of Lights cast exquisite sunbeams filtering through the canopy of interlocked pine, oak, and elm. Birds called from the treetops. White-tail deer sprinted from the creek into the forest’s safety.

Creation declared His glory all about us.

Even if we don’t take time to notice, His glory is always proclaimed.

We just need to look and listen.

Stepping out from the shade of the canopy, the sunlight brightened, casting shadows all about me.

The Lord reminded me of a scripture I had read earlier in the day:

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].” ~ James 1:17, AMP

No shadow of turning …

I studied the shadows, trying to understand what the Lord wanted me to see.

Great is Thy Faithfulness, O God my Father

In my spirit a song arose and I began to sing,

There is no shadow of turning with the Father of Lights. He changes not.

“Great is Thy faithfulness
O God my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not,
Thy compassions they fail not —
As Thou hast been
Thou forever will be.” (Thomas Chisholm – 1925)

He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His character or nature never changes.

He is who He says He is.

And He is wholly trustworthy to do what He says He will do.

He is faithful! My life testifies of this Truth.

At the end of long, difficult days when shadows unfurl across your path, know this: the perfect shadow cast over you is the shadow of His Presence — not because He shifted positions, not because He is turning like the celestial balls that spin on their axis from day to night, from light to dark.

No! The shadow of His Presence is because of the steadfast watchcare of our Father of Lights.

Faithful. Sure. Trustworthy.


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Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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