Scientists say that the moon (an object in the night sky that often keeps me awake at night) has no light discharge of its own. It only reflects what the sun bounces off of its surface. That’s a lot of light. That’s a lot of reflecting. As you may have noticed, the moon goes in its phases throughout the month. If you’re patient enough & play with your camera settings enough you can get some pretty cool pictures of the moon.
My favorite thing about the moon is the fact that its always there, even if you can’t see all of it. Sometimes you see only a sliver of it (like the picture above), but the whole thing is still there. It didn’t go away. Its just being blocked by the earth at the moment. If you’re really lucky and the conditions are right, you can see the entire moon, even though the shadow is still covering most of it… it makes for a pretty interesting sight.
In the Bible, Matthew 5:14 (MSG), the Disciple Matthew has this to say, “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!” Christians and the moon have a lot in common. We both are designed to reflect light. The Moon reflects the Sun’s light. Christians reflect God’s light. But just like the moon, sometimes we Christians can have things get in the way of God’s light. Maybe we put these objects in front of us, or maybe we become distracted by the world around us & move out of the way of God’s light. Sometimes that light is barely visible in our lives. Other times we keep other people up at night because we can’t stop shining! The thing is, we were made to reflect. No matter how dark our lives get… our purpose is to reflect God’s light, to bring out “the God-colors in the world.” All we need to do is be willing to let God’s light shine on us, its true- we may need to remove a few obstacles that get in the way. But God will always be ready to use us to bring light in to someone else’s life. So let God bounce off of your life today!