No matter what age you are, we are all drawn to the moon. It has this mysterious quality to it, yet it comforts us to see it up there. Whether it is a full moon on a clear night or a crescent moon on a foggy night, it is always beautiful to us. So why are we so drawn to it?
Our earth’s moon is a small, dull sphere of grey rock. There is nothing spectacular about it, except for the fact that it is the only moon our planet has. There isn’t any real life there, as it is dry and extremely cold. It has been pummeled by flying debris like asteroids, which has left it scarred with deep craters that look like pits to us. When you take a close-up picture of the surface of the moon, you can see just how massive they really are. Again, why are we drawn to it?
The Bible records what the Lord told Moses about the creation of our world. It says:
“And God said, ‘Let there be light in the expanse of the heavens to separate day from night. And let them be for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. And God made the two great lights – the greater one to rule the day and the lesser one to rule the night – and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.” Genesis 1:14-19.
Our moon’s primary function per the Lord was to rule the night by being a light for us. In order for this to happen, it had to be in the direct path of the sun’s light. The moon cannot shine on its own, or create its own light because it is rock. But, it reflects the light of the sun. Now it only reflects about 13% of the sun’s rays, but without it, we could not see at night. We would be lost.
The moon by itself is not a beautiful thing. It is scarred, it is dark and dusty, and it is rock hard even to its core. Yet in spite of its lack of beauty, it serves a purpose just as it is: to reflect our sun’s light.
Our lives are to be like the moon: to reflect the Son of God, Jesus Christ! That is what our primary purpose is, day or night. In so doing, we will draw others to the Lord as the moon draws us to itself.
With all of our bodily scars, emotional wounds, and hardness of heart, we can serve a purpose here by willingly reflecting Jesus. His desire for us is to love others as He has loved us – with everything we are. This is how we are a light in and to the world. People will then be drawn to whatever it is that makes us reflect the Son, and that is Faith, Hope, and Love. The greatest of these is LOVE.
Food for thought: Are people drawn to you because of how God’s love shines through you? How can you reflect Him better?
Fun facts: A full moon on a clear night is 1-millionth the brightness of the sun.
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Horizon moon