What you are you do not see, what you see is your shadow.
Naturally I am reminded of Saint Paul to the Corinthians :
For now we see through a glass, darkly;
but then face to face:
now I know in part;
but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
I used to play a silly game with my children: ‘I’ve got your shadow,’ I would say, standing between the child and the sun. Joking apart, it is wrong to stand between somebody and the sun, between someone and God – It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! (Luke 17:1)
Perhaps we can spend too long looking in the wrong direction, at the shadows or our reflection – like the story of Narcissus.
Even Moses only saw God in a cloud, and only his back. Are we ready to see God face to face today? Do we dare recognise him?