In several of his writings, C.S. Lewis talks about the concept of the “shadowlands” as an analogy for the world we live in. Because the fingerprints of God are upon us and upon this world we are able to experience things like goodness, love, and mercy. But because we live in a fallen world, these things are not experienced in its fullness. These things are veiled by the “shadows” of pain and suffering. So we walk in this world through the shadowlands, but look forward to a day when Christ returns for us that the shadows will disappear. It is on that day that all pain, suffering, sickness, and death will be removed, and we can fully experience God and all that is good which comes from Him. It speaks to the blessed hope we have in Jesus.
We identify quite a bit with Andrew Peterson’s song “Dancing in the Minefields” which speaks to the joys and trials of marriage and to this idea of living in the shadowlands. Here is an excerpt from the song:
‘Cause we bear the light of the Son of Man
So there’s nothing left to fear
So I’ll walk with you in the shadowlands
Till the shadows disappear