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::Devotional:: ‘By The Light Of The Moon’

October 9, 2009

 

Blue Ridge Moon

Blue Ridge Moon

The other night after a busy day and before settling down for the evening I stepped outside on my front porch for just a few minutes.  There’s just something I enjoy about the Fall season.  Maybe it’s the chill in the air that makes it seem cleaner, maybe it’s the sounds and smells of it?  It’s my favorite season by far.  It was one of those nights where the moon is bright enough to cast shadows, you know?  Like where the moon shines like the sun and it looks like day time, but just it’s nightime?  Anyway, as I looked up at the moon, the air was clear enough to see the large craters and the shadows on the surface even with my stigmatized eyes.  I thought to myself, this is the same thing someone like David saw when he looked up in the sky all those years ago.  Even the Apostles, or Joshua, or even Abraham or Noah! It’s like it kind of bonded me to those guys for second?  And I allowed myself to enjoy a few moments of wonder and awe of that big bright moon, and the God who created it.

I think David had a similar experience all those years ago.  There’s something about looking up into the night sky and seeing the moon and the stars that makes you realize just how small you really are.  Almost insignificant in the context of the universe.  Yet we know from David’s prayer journal that he realized our true significance to God.  Consider this passage from Psalm 8:

I often think of the heavens your hands have made, and of the moon and stars you put in place.  Then I ask, “Why do you care about us humans?  Why are you concerned for us weaklings?”  You made us a little lower than yourself, and you have crowned us with glory and honor.  You let us rule everything your hands have made.   Psalm 8:3-6

It is an important truth to own in our hearts that the God of the universe cares deeply for us.  He passionately pursues us with a desire to reunite with us in the Holy fellowship and relationship he created us in.  Genesis says he made us in his image.  Leviticus reminds us that we are to be holy, sanctified, set apart for Him, because He himself is holy.  When we gaze upon the moon and stars, our marvel is for the creator not the creation.  It is the awesomeness with which they were created that draws us in.  As David wrote in Psalm 19 “The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what he has done.”  May we have the kind of life where when people gaze upon us, their marvel is for the creator and not the creation.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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