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Darkness causes dependence on God. In difficult life circumstances, we sense a loss of control and search for a Comforter, a sheltering tree. When Jonah dislikes his circumstances, the Bible says… “Jonah just left. He went out of the city to the east and sat down in a sulk. He put together a makeshift shelter of leafy branches and sat there in the shade to see what would happen to the city. God arranged for a broad-leafed tree to spring up. It grew over Jonah to cool him off and get him out of his angry sulk. Jonah was pleased and enjoyed the shade” (Jonah 4:5). Shade or shadow is formed when an opaque (dark pigment) object blocks the path of light because light travels in straight lines; light cannot bend around the object so it forms a shadow. When darkness strikes us, God’s light forms a shadow, and shades us from despair. Dwell with God for “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)