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Topic: light (05/24/04)

TITLE: Some thoughts on the moon...
By Dave Wagner
05/25/04

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Some thoughts on the moon...

The moon is a dead rock, floating lifeless through space. It glows at night because it reflects sunlight. We see a big, glowing full moon at night; it immediately draws our attention, because it is surrounded by such darkness, much like a match that is struck in a dark room. Often, the moon is up during the daylight hours, but we don't notice, because we can see just fine. Light is everywhere!

Most of the time, the moon is not full…it has the earths' shadow covering at least some portion of it. You could say that the moon reflects light at a rate that is inversely proportional to the amount of the earth that is in the way. In other words, the more the world is in the way, the less sunlight the moon reflects.

As Christians, there are some similarities between the moon and us. Because we are human, and fallen, we are, in and of ourselves, dead dust, lifeless, floating through this life. We can, however, get into a position where we can reflect Sonlight. When we are full of His light, we can shine bright, giving light and a level of comfort, dependability and direction in dark places and times. We are at our best in dark times, actually. During the “daylight” hours, we don't draw much attention.

Most of the time, (unfortunately) we are not fully reflecting the Sonlight. The world gets in the way, to some extent, most of the time. It casts its shadow across our life, obstructing the reflected light. You could say that as Christians we reflect light at a rate that is inversely proportional to the amount of the world that is in the way. In other words, the more worldly we are, the less Light we reflect.

To shine brightly for the King in this life, you might want to focus your attention on your choices. Everything you do stems from a choice of some kind, either conscious or subconscious. Begin to evaluate your behavior with the Lord, and discern what is motivating your choices. This can actually be quite entertaining, if you can successfully detach yourself from yourself for a moment, step back in prayer and discuss with Jesus what you see when you look at yourself. He will show you amazing things.

This process of evaluation will accomplish two things: it will strengthen the personal relationship you have with your King, and it will give Him the access to your life that He needs to recreate you in His image. These are the goals of the gospel to begin with. You will grow, your behavior will change, and the world around you will see it, and believe.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.


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Mary Elder-Criss05/31/04
Good word, Dave. My son has a T-shirt with a Full moon on the front which states, "Be the Moon," on the back it has a cross, and the words, "Reflect the Son." I can't believe I didn't remember that in time for this challenge, lol. Your article challenges us to really reflect on our walks with Christ. I appreciated it a lot. Blessings~Mary
WENDY DECKER05/31/04
In other words, the more the world is in the way, the less sunlight the moon reflects.

This is a very good statement.

I like the article very much and would like to use share this analogy with my kids
shirley shields05/31/04
Great article Dave, I needed the reminder today especially it seems. God Bless
Corinne Smelker 05/31/04
You are amazing! I enjoy how you take something "mundane" and make something divine from it.
Marie B. Corso05/31/04
Simple truths make good illustrations. God put so many of them in nature and you pulled out a gem.
Gary Sims05/31/04
Dave - your really did a good job with this. I will never forget "we reflect light at a rate that is inversely proportional to the amount of the world that is in the way. In other words, the more worldly we are, the less Light we reflect.” That is a great analogy…

I wonder if the cycles of the moon, the steady rhythm and pattern of increasing and decreasing reflectivity, could be developed from this analogy to explain why we seem to have both good and bad days at reflecting Christ’s light into the world? We work hard at being full moons but only achieve it once in awhile. You have stimulated some great thoughts. Thank you.
Deborah Porter 05/31/04
Dave, as the others have said, I really thought this was very good - right down to the fact that we actually shine brightest when we're reflecting the Son's light in our darkest hours. Very good work. Well done. With love, Deb
Marcell Billinghurst06/01/04
An excellent article which challenges us to allow God's light from us and through us. God bless you.
Annette Agnello06/01/04
Wonderful article! I’m going to get my husband to read it, someday it might find it’s way into a sermon.
Annette Agnello06/01/04
Wonderful article! I’m going to get my husband to read it, someday it might find it’s way into a sermon.
L.M. Lee06/01/04
the more the world is in the way, the less sunlight the moon reflects.
this is so good!!!
Melanie Kerr 06/01/04
I once heard a sermon preached on this very subject. Some of what you have written brings an echo. I tried to write something like this but it just wasn’t coming together. This is very well written and thought provoking. I am particularly convicted by the bit about the world getting in the way of reflecting all that God is.
Melanie Kerr 06/01/04
Dian Moore06/02/04
Great analogy and use of Sonlight. Clap, clap, clap . . .
Linda Germain 06/02/04
Less earth, More light. Hmmmm. Very illuminating! This light bulb moment has kindled a lot of imaginations. Your message is clear, profound, and right on target.

Glow on little Glow worm, glimmer, glimmer.:0)
Naomi Deutekom06/02/04
I really enjoyed your article. You need to find a devotional resource to submit it to.
B Price06/03/04
like how you played on words: sunlight = Sonlight.
very good.
Liked how you used the moon.
very good points here and I enjoyed reading it.
thanks.
Lynne Gaunt06/04/04
I enjoyed this very much. You did a wonderful job connecting the properties of the moon to the way we are living/should be living our lives as Christians.
Yvette Roelofse12/17/08
This is a wonderful and very insightful analogy. I could visualise it, and that makes it so much more powerful and convicting for me. Very unique.