How many songs have been written about the moon? And how many of them are love songs? (Are you humming one right now?) There’s something quite soothing or romantic about taking an evening stroll by the light of the moon.
So, what’s so special about the moon? Is is the softer, gentler glow as compared to the brilliant sunshine? Is it the gravitational pull that affects the daily tides along the ocean shores? Or the nostalgic childhood nursery rhymes about a jumping cow or a man who lived there?
As we saw last week, God created the sun to light the day, and the moon to govern the night. But the moon itself doesn’t glow. In fact, it’s just a hunk of scarred rock. The moon merely reflects the light of sun. And depending on where the moon is positioned in space, observers on Earth will see anything from a tiny sliver of light up to a full reflection bright enough for them to see their way in the dark without a flashlight.
I am like the moon. Nothing special about me. I’m just a hunk of scarred humanity full of failures. Yet, when I bask in the love of Jesus, God’s Son, I can reflect His glory to those around me. His love bounces off me and impacts others.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)
Creation declares how we are to reflect His glory just like the moon reflects the sun.
What about you? Which is more beautiful to you–sunlight or moonlight? Why? Is your life a reflection of God’s glory … or a cultural message?