I stayed at school tonight until around 7:00 tonight trying to catch up on paperwork from the two weeks I was out as well as doing some lesson planning for the sub I'm having on Friday.
As I was driving home in the frigid winter night (and I mean frigid), I noticed the brightness of the full moon. I got to thinking about how beautiful it was as well as considering that although the moon had no light of it's own, it shines bright because it reflects the light of the sun. My husband wasn't going to get home until much later tonight, I'd had a long day and since it would be another 30 minutes before I got home, I decided just to pick up a quick bite to eat before heading out of town.
When I returned to the car, I found myself thinking about that full moon again. Hmmm...something seemed a bit odd about it. It didn't look quite round. Probably a cloud blocking it or something. Oh well. I started thinking about other things and soon forgot about the moon.
I'd probably been home about an hour or so when my husband called me. "Did you know there's a lunar eclipse going on? Go take a look at the moon!" I couldn't get a good view from the windows on the east side of our house because a tree blocked my view. I could see it if I opened the door but that got too chilly. It's 3 below out right now. It was too cold to stand outside for very long, so I started up my car and moved it so I could get a pretty good view of the moon. Now I had a better view and I was warmer!
As I watched the eclipse, I remembered what I had been thinking about earlier this evening. We, like the moon, have no light in ourselves. When we let the Son shine on us, we cast a reflection of his light and everyone's eye is drawn to the light rather than the darkness. That's the way it's supposed to work. However, sometimes we let things get between us and the Son. If we're not careful we can let things like pride, lust, jealousy, rebellion, self-righteousness or unforgiveness get in the way. The list of things goes on and on. Instead of reflecting the light, we're "reflecting" darkness. We don't look any different from the darkness around us.
What is the purpose of the moon? The purpose of the moon is to provide light during the night. Hmm...that sounds a bit familiar.
Our purpose is to be a light shining in the darkness as well. We're not the light itself, rather we are a reflection of it. If we allow things to come between us and our source of light (Jesus), we become purposeless or useless. That's a terrible state to be in!
The good news is we don't have to remain in the state. The darkness that we allow to creep in between us and God can be removed by him...if only we ask!
I live each day by the verse:
[bible]1 John 1:9[/bible]
That is the best reminder of darkness remover!
Praise God for His Son and His Word.
Great blog dear sister and I am glad you got to see the eclipse.
1 John 1:9 is one of my favorite verses. To know that when we confess our sins to him he will forgive us and not cast us away is too good to be true, yet it is true! May we never let our fears prevent us from falling at his feet.
Wonderful Analogy! Sadly I was too tired to catch the eclips but I heard it was beautiful. We need to be a light to the darkness of this world and be lit by the Son. So cool :)