One of the all-time classic cartoon movies tells the story of young lion whose father reigned over all animals as “The Lion King.” Through a series of events, the father, Mufasa, dies and the young Simba is left to wrestle with who he is. His adversaries chase him into the world of the Warthog and Meerkat. Bottom-feeders in the gene pool. There’s a sad irony of this once proud young prince adopting their bohemian lifestyle and eating bugs and worms, and it’s a topic I’ve touched on before.
One of the last conversations between Simba and his father King Mufasa occurred on Pride Rock overlooking the vast plane of his kingdom. Mufasa told his son, “One day, everything that the light touches will be yours.” Simba, having just received the news of his inheritance, can only think of what the light does not touch. Mufasa warns that this land is off-limits. It is a place never to be visited. It is not part of the inheritance.
Sadly, Simba lived much of his early life in the shadowlands, beyond the promise of his father. The movie moves to a climax when young Simba rediscovers himself and moves from the shadows to the throne as Lion King.
In Romans 8:17 Paul says that we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. We are heirs of our Father’s kingdom. Unlike the Lion King, our Heavenly King has no limitations to what He rules. Hebrews 2:8 declares about Jesus, “God left nothing that is not subject to him.” How often we feel as if we are walking through the land that no light touches where we do not trust God to be in control. We forget that he rules over all and is in control, even when we feel like we are in the land of shadows.
Pay attention to Psalm 23:
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for THOU art with me. . .
He’s with you, even in the shadowlands.
Pray that God would help you to trust Him whether you are walking securely through life or you feel like you are in the land of the shadows.