Maybe It’s Time to Sit in the Shade

I love hydrangeas.

I think they look like bouquets of lace. A few years ago, I was thrilled to receive a beautiful hydrangea plant for my birthday, which was immediately stuck in a hole in the ground outside.

But I am not a gardener. Every time blossoms would appear, they turned brown almost immediately and no amount of water could resuscitate them. 

The problem was, of course, they had way too much sun. Hydrangeas grow best in the shade. I know that now. And our plant, repositioned by my gardener husband, is now beautiful and thriving in the shadow of our porch.

Shade is not just for comfort; it is also for protection. You have been a refuge for the needy in distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. Isaiah 25.4

Here the Old Testament Hebrew word connoting protection here is tsel which is translated “shade” or “shadow.”

Whether in gardening or in life, we all need some shade. A respite from the heat of the sun or the heat of demands and pressures to perform or produce.

Shade evokes a sense of rest and peace.

When was the last time you sat in the shade and soaked in the presence of God?

At cool of day with God I walk in my garden’s grateful shade.

I hear His voice among the trees, and I am not afraid.

Caroline Anderton Mason, 1823-1890

The psalmist reminds us that The Lord is your protector; the Lord is your shade right beside you. Psalm 121.5

May I suggest today that you go find some lovely shade and just sit still with open hands to receive the love, protection, mercy, and grace God has for you?

Benediction: My child, I want to be your ultimate Refuge. Your shade and your shelter. I know the beating of sun and the pressure of life can scorch even the heartiest of growing things. So you must learn how to retreat and rest. To come apart and just remain in Me. Under the shelter of My wings and in the shadow of My peaceful dwelling places. I am here now, waiting for you. Come to the shade.

Lucinda Secrest McDowell in “Dwelling Places

May the grace of Christ, the love of God, and the friendship of the Holy Spirit  bring you comfort and strength, Lucinda

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”

©2021 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 15 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” and “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most.” She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouraging words at


  1. Cindy+Bolshaw on June 23, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so for reminding me of being under the shade of His hand.

    • Miriam M C Boylan on June 23, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks for the beautiful SHADE thought today! I needed that to share later as I visit a friend recovering from surgery!

  2. Maggie+Rowe on June 23, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    I have only learned recently that “ throwing shade“ on another person is apparently a bad thing. But how grateful I am to sit in the shadow of God’s wings. Sometimes the heat of life is too much to bear. Beautiful imagery here, Cindy.

  3. Dyann Shepard on June 23, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    I love this Lucinda. The shade of Jesus is so refreshing and restoring of our souls. I also love hydrangeas. They always make me smile.

  4. Sharon Banta on June 23, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you sooo much lucinda. Yes your word is what I needed today!!! May our LORD bless and strengthen you and family. In Christ, Sharon Banta

  5. Lisa Larsen Hill on June 23, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Lucinda, did just as you suggested and started journaling again. Thanks to you for peace in my soul.

  6. Lynne on June 25, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Beautiful reminder Lucinda! Thank you! I love hydrangeas too! <3

  7. Cyndy Barnes on June 25, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Peter gets these in his email. He know how much I love hydrangeas too!!! That was my wedding flowers. Beautiful words, amazing woman. I thank God for you. Blessings and love, Cyndy Barnes

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