I glanced out the window before glancing at the clock. With a squint I could easily recognize that it was early. Perhaps too early to even be awake. Coherent.
It was bright. More bright than I had seen it in recent months. The brilliance of its’ light illuminated the land. All was at rest. Standing still.
As I opened my eyes further I could see the radiance of this figure… fixed in the sky… beaming its’ splendor over the farm. No animal was seen. Not a farmer near. There was peace… it was as if the world stood still for just a moment. To BEHOLD His glory.
As my mind became more awake, so did my thoughts. These are the moments I cherish the most. Opportunities to remain at rest… peaceful… with my eyes opened to all the glory that is HIS. And so, I let them wonder… my thoughts. A peaceful wondering in the stillness of the early morning.
This moon…. FULL! Fixed in the sky. Radiating brilliance.
For a moment my thoughts raced to places of scientific origin. And suddenly, there I was sitting in the back row of 4th grade science class. Listening intently to words which gave meaning to things over head. I remember my younger days. Days spent in wonder…. asking such things as: What makes the sun shine? And, where does the moon get its’ light?
Never before had I seen myself as a reflection of this heavenly body we call the moon.
My eyes continued in a locked gaze as darkness gave way to daylight. Moonshine…. becoming sunshine. Similarities racing and consuming my thoughts.
This moon. This heaveny body. In all of its’ fullness…. shining brightly in the midnight sky… illuminated by one thing alone… the light of the sun. A reflection off of the surface creating a vast brilliance.
With the sun… THIS being… radiates peace. Illuminates life.
In solitary confinement however…. this same being… is dark. Standing alone. Silent. Rendered ineffective. Having no purpose.
The sun and the moon work in harmony. A splendid duo giving great definition to life.
As daybreak falls I quickly realize my position in THIS life. In THIS place of BEING. And in an instant my soul stands still. Pausing only with the reality that I too….. am nothing apart from the Son. HIS radiance alone… a reflection shining through me.
Thoughts shift to all those times spent consumed by “me.” Self centered actions shedding darkness…. illuminating nothing. Moments spent seeking my own glory. My heart hardened by selfish acts of self preservation. A sharp tongue… harsh words… hurtful actions. Darkness.
I awaken for the day. I open my eyes to see the sun and my heart to His Son. As the sun casts its’ shadow across the land… brilliantly illuminating all that is His…. I stand to my feet… eager to be the reflection. His Son shining through me.
And, as I enter into my day… I praise Him. For, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. His works are wonderful. My thoughts reach to Him… Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you O God.
My eyes are open to the glory that is His alone. My heart is filled with His GRACE and my arms are open…. ready to embrace all that today holds.
Looking up to the sun and down at my shadow. HERE I see the reflection of the Son projected in front of me. An image created in His likeness. And I say to myself…. Life is good. THIS is good!
By Juanita, Joy Times FiveLeave a Comment
Great post, Juanita…. beautifully written and wonderfully descriptive! Thanks for the reminder of those peace-filled moments when we can soak up God’s majesty, whether it’s in a sunrise, the ebb & tide of the ocean or even in the glow of moonlight!
May you experience God’s Peace as you “embrace the day!”
Lovely! Praying your day is full of his glory! 🙂
Chelsea Taylor says
reminds me of a line in a song “Wish for the moon and the moon will appear, lighting the sky just for you. If you imagine, your fears disappear. There’s nothing you can’t do”
This was so beautiful. I am just so giddy for how the calm – the stillness of the day – draws us to Him and how He speaks so powerfully of our purpose in His creation. What you wrote was so touching. Keep your eyes wide open and your heart soft to His gentle voice. Rich blessings…
Good thoughts Juanita! So glad had some quiet moments. A good reminder that we are nothing apart from the Son.
And now we will never forget this whenever we see the moon. We’ll think of Him and how we are reflections of His light!
Also reminds me of the song by Sara Groves that says “You are the sun and I am the moon, you have made me to shine…”
Thanks for sharing this!
A beautiful post that captured my thoughts and reminded me of Him. May we all strive to be that reflection of Him for His light is what will dispell the darkness around us.
Keep pressing in to Him. You are a blessing.
Maxine Gonzalez says
Wonderful and descriptive!! Beautiful moon we see here in Colorado! It puts it all in perspective realizing that our WONDERFUL GOD is in control of all of it. And being in HIS hands is SAFE! HE is there all the time, we need to just open our eyes to see!
Pamela Myers says
as lovely as you are dear friend. Your words, thoughts and stories offer a genuine reflection of God’s Love, Grace and Mercy. His gift to you and I’m so thankful you are willing to share them with us all so we can be reminded of the glorious creation only He could give us. Life is so much bigger than the daily strife and struggles, to be reminded of this with lovely words and thoughts is priceless.