I’m enjoying the super moon this week. I read that there are actually several super moons a year; what makes this one so special is its close proximity to the earth. It hasn’t been this close to earth since 1948—and won’t be again until 2034. Because of this, the moon appears 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual.
So every night I take at least a few seconds to check out the super moon’s bright golden glow. I love how it shines through the spiky tree branches—so eerie and beautiful. A couple mornings it woke me up with its brilliance, coming through my bedroom window. Each time I see it, I’m amazed that this big ball of rock is actually only reflecting the sun’s brilliance—it has no light of its own to shine forth—it can only reflect. And then I have to break into song! It’s one of my favorites by Sara Groves, You Are the Sun.
In this song Sara sings of the biblical truth symbolized in the relationship between the sun and the moon. Jesus, the Light of the World, “shines” on us in all His glorious brilliance. Then we, His followers, reflect Him in our world. We can’t produce any light of our own—we can only reflect His light.
. . . in the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
The analogy goes further. Before we followed Christ as our savior, we had a heart of stone—cold and dead, not able to relate to Him, not able to change in essence. But Jesus changes that—when we follow Him, He gives us a heart of flesh—warm and living.
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Then there’s the SUPER moon. The closer it gets to earth, the brighter and bigger it appears! Think about that: the closer we move toward our fellow man—to each other—the greater opportunity we have to let Him reflect even bigger and brighter in our relationships. Ponder THAT! Especially as we enter into the holiday season with lots of family and friend gatherings. Consider with me how we might reflect Him well this bright season.
Check out Sara Grove’s You Are the Sun here:
PS If you missed out on the super moon this past week, all is not lost. This is the 2nd of three in a row— next one is Dec. 14.
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