Silhouettes Can Be Deceptive

Silhouettes Can Be Deceptive

Have you ever looked at something in the shadows, and thought it was one thing, but when the light became clearer realized it was something else? Silhouettes can be deceptive.

I dropped a clear bottle cap on the floor and, try as I might, I could not find it. I decided to get the flashlight I kept by my bed to give me a little more light. I couldn’t find the flashlight, though. Where was it? Maybe my husband used it and didn’t return it—or simply misplaced it. Irritated, I kept looking for the bottle cap and then glanced up again at my dresser, and saw the flashlight standing upright in the middle of the dresser right where it should have been. Why hadn’t I seen it before? It was right there in front of me.

I looked for a particular brand of dental floss at the grocery store, but didn’t see it. Smarter this time, I went back over the display a second time and there it was, in the lower right hand corner, waiting for me to pick it up. In this case, there were too many varieties of dental products, and the one I needed was “lost” in the confusion of choices.

Life is not always what it seems to be. We form opinions about other people when we see only a silhouette of their lives. Maybe we develop prejudice or gossip about them. Maybe we just dismiss them as not important enough to bother with.

That’s wrong. We ought to go back and take a second look, to find the person who is hiding behind our clutter of erroneous impressions.

We don’t always understand our circumstances any more than we understand the people around us. When life is hard and we wonder why, we blame God for losses when we ought to be reaching for the light that is right in front of us. I once faced a crushing and emotional situation, and felt forsaken by God. My sister kept repeating to me, “God is good.”

I knew that. It just took a little while for my heart to catch up with my head and really believe it. It took the light of God’s Word to convince me. It took time for me to emerge from the shadows.

“For now we see only a reflection in an mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part, than I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain, faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:12, 13

Whether it is in our relationships with people or in dealing with life’s crises, it is important to look a little deeper, and leave the rest to God.


Bettilu Davies About Bettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has authored six published books, first writing fiction for children and teens and recently branching into adult Christian fiction. She has taught piano since 1968 and enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, paper art, and painting in oils, acrylics and water color.


  1. I love this! And I so relate. How often do our eyes play tricks on us–a great reminder that we don’t “see” others and their situations accurately either.

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