Shifting Shadows

Shifting Shadows

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Shifting Shadows

by Peggy Blann Phifer @pegphifer

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 [NIV]

I happened to come across two words a week or so ago … don’t ask me where … know what I mean? Shifting Shadows. They were supposed to be found in the Bible. So, I started my quest through Bible Gateway. Eventually I found the verse above. Oh, there were many other versions, some greatly amplified, but I liked this one the best.

Of course, we all know God never changes. And He does not cast shadows. But, take a look at my featured image and you’ll see that it is His LIGHTS that cast shadows. And that got me to thinking.

When we are outside, and the sun is shining, we all have a shadow. We can see it as we walk, bend over, wave our arms … even the shadow of the little dog I’m taking for a walk. When taking pictures outdoors, we have to be sure the sun is not behind us, so we don’t cast our own shadow over the subject we see through the camera lens.

Have you ever played with shadow images with your hands & fingers against a wall with a light behind you? How many fun creatures did you/can you come up with? I had an uncle who was quite adept at this and kept us kids entertained when we tended to get in the way of other adult activities, as children are wont to do.

No, I don’t have anything profound to share. Just these few random thoughts. But I would like to share a bit of whimsy from my childhood with you. Maybe you remember and enjoyed this one, and many others:

From Child’s Garden of Verses

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow–
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Robert Louis Stevenson


Thanks for indulging me … Peg

Peg Phifer About Peg Phifer

Multi-published author Peggy Blann Phifer writes a mixture of contemporary women’s fiction with three parts suspense, three parts mystery, and four parts romance, stirred up with a sprinkling of humor. Peg believes God has a sense of humor and that He intended to place laughter into our lives no matter our circumstances. Read more on her website.


  1. Great post. I insist on reading it.

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