I left the hilltop retreat center just after sundown. Even in earthly darkness, I felt aglow with God’s light — not electromagnetic radiation light, but Spirit-ignited, God Light.
I left wanting to shine brighter still.
I backed the pickup onto the snow-packed driveway to head down a steep incline into the valley. But the God Gallery in the sky stopped me cold. He’s the Master Artist, able to leave us gape-mouthed with his arresting sky-jewelry.
The moon was beginning to bump above the dead-of-winter horizon. It was a magnified yellow-orange orb, bigger and brighter than I’d seen it in a long time.
I put the truck in park, right there on the driveway, and groped in the dark of the cab for my camera. I stepped out into a snowbank to snap a photo, knowing that this amateur photographer couldn’t begin to capture its radiance, but hoping the film of my own memory would record its beauty.
“God will be your eternal light, your God will bathe you in splendor. Your sun will never go down, your moon will never fade. I will be your eternal light.” — Isaiah 60:20
The moon, stunning as it was, does not have a light of its own. Still, it shines.
And that is us, too. We are without our own light. But we can shine in darkness if we reflect the Light of the Son.
Scientists say that if we could fill the whole sky with full moons, it would still be only one-fourth as bright as the Sun. The Sun shines 465,000 times brighter than a single full moon.
With these imperfect earthly bodies, we will never shine as bright as the Giver of Life and Light. But we can reflect Him in ever-increasing Glory when we turn our face to the Son. I want to shine like that moon. I want to keep my face turned toward Light.
Lord, We are little moons, with no light of our own. Without your light, we’re just spinning stones, cold and dark. Let our lights shine for You. Amen.
Songwriter Sara Groves captures the moon-sun metaphor beautifully with this song, You Are the Sun. She writes: “I’ll never be a light unless I turn my face to You.” (Email subscribers, click through to the blog to listen to the song.)
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. — 1 John 1:5