after shadows

These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
-Colossians 2:17

And if, as you aver, you are after the substance, why such wistful-after-shadows eyes? You’ve led your shadow over grass-green lawns, watched it grow shorter with the shifting sun, danced with it tall and narrow on an evening road. But though it follows you when you ignore it, leads you along so many of your ways, when you gather it into your hands you gather nothing.

Seek the substance, small one.

You have the promise of the substance, an unshakeable promise, sealed in blood. Why such angry fists at sky which will not satisfy you with shadows? Would you satisfy yourself amongst shadows, when the substance is at hand? Would you play with plastic foods in a plastic kitchen when a real banquet is spread for you?

Seek the substance, small one.

Cease striving.

Be still.

 

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