Moonshine from the Sunshine

Our pastor recently told us that his daughter asked him an interesting question the other night. They were walking outside after dark and the little girl asked her father, "Daddy, why does the moon exist?" Hmmm, interesting question... At first glance, the moon doesn't really do much does it? Yes, it does factor in to the tides rising and falling, but surely God could've purposed something else to do that. Take that 'job' away from it, and we just have a big, old rock that goes around and around the planet for no obvious reason.

Except to shed light over the darkness.

Without the moon think of how dark a night gets. The stars, however many and however large they might be, give no visual help to us. Yet there must be something special to it right? After all, this seemingly insignificant part of God's space-package, was designed on the fourth day of creation (see Genesis 1:14-19). The moon is named, was given purpose, on that day. "...to rule over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness." And suddenly, this piece of spacerock had a pretty important job... to overcome the darkness. Yet despite this tall order, God made the moon completely incapable of giving light. Think about that. The moon itself cannot GIVE light...

The moon can only REFLECT light- it has to get the actual light from someplace else.

Enter the sun- another pretty important design-feature from day four; and this particular orb is able to actually self-create light.The moon is entirely dependent on the self-generating power-station of the sun. It's light remains steadfast, on at all times, because the sun remains 'on'. In every part of the world, every nook and cranny of the earth, somewhere the moon is shining brightly. It may be a crescent, it may be waxing, it may be full... but the light is always on.

Dear ones, we are the moon. God has called and designed up for the same purpose of shedding light over the darkness- to fight the blackness and shadows that surround us. And just like the real moon, we cannot within ourselves, generate Light to do this. We have nothing to give, nothing of a spark; we must rely fully on God (the Sun) to get our light. We can only REFLECT.

Oh! But what a Sun we have to take light from! Steadfast, unchanging, unwavering, unabating. Just as our physical sun shines without fail, thereby ensuring the physical moon will never waver, so also does our Father in heaven provide Light for us to spiritually draw from to combat the darkness of this present world.

And dark it can be! The moon reflects the whole of the sun's rays all the time, it is always reflecting fully down on us. So why the darker nights? Why the crescent moons? Why the nights without a moon?

Logistically it is because the world is blocking the sun. Our earth has come between the giver of light and the reflector of light.... and as the reflection in the sky grows smaller, the darkness grows deeper.

The sun has not changed in brightness, the moon has not lost it's ability to reflect...no, dear ones, our Earth came between them. Do you see the incredible parallels here?

How often does your world come between you and God? How brightly (or not) is your reflection of the Sun? Better yet, with the solar eclipse still fresh in our minds, how often do you (as the moon) actually block the Sun? Is your behavior not only not reflecting Him but actually eclipsing His light? It is a sobering thought is it not?

John 8:12 (ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

2 Corinthians 4:5-6 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5: 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Writing this devotion for you today has been an incredible encouragement to me to look up at the moon more. I am grateful that I will never look up at it in the same way. Perhaps our moon has another job too, perhaps God put it there as a constant reminder and inspiration to us to fulfill our calling in Him... just as the moon does. What an awesome thought that the Creator took the time to hang an orb in the sky to quicken our minds and purpose every.single.night to His Light in our lives.

Move the 'world' out of your way today beloved. Set your course to maintain course with the Sun. Reflect the Light!

(from my Holy Beautiful Tuesday post)

Why Coloring Inside the Lines is so Outside the Box (part 3 of Coloring in His Lines)

Are you an outside the box color-er (is that a word?) or inside the box kinda soul? I used to fancy myself an outside the box kinda gal... it's a trendy and empowering position to take but then I got to thinking... coloring-outside-the-lines

We are God’s artwork- plain and simple. He created us.

Think about that and what it means.

Let's talk about lines, boundaries today.

God has placed lines in our world- many, many lines. Straight lines, thick lines, wavy lines, squiggly lines. Sometimes we see where they're going and sometimes we don't. Some intersect, some twirl and swirl- but they are all drawn together in a way that will make our lives a beautiful picture. These lines are the artwork of ourselves. They have been purposely set and drawn by a perfect Artist that results in a beautiful image. That’s right beloved, we are His masterpiece!

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More often than not though, especially in the midst of the picture because of our low perspective, we cannot see the bigger picture... but it's there; and the lines that are present are put there as boundaries for us to know where to color correctly. The lines of the masterpiece have been drawn for you. Before time they were skillfully and perfectly crafted for you alone.

Yet too often we question the direction our lines are going, we are tempted to color our lives outside the boundaries that He's set for us, we try to peer over the lines into the next section. In short, we color outside the lines. We color outside HIS lines.

Lines can be sin, temptation, walls of obedience and they are not to be crossed- disregarding them mars the picture and become at odds with the image He has designed for us.

Not unlike Jonah, the 2 year old… remember his picture? See my first post about that here. His picture was just scribbles, he sort of acknowledged the lines of the drawing but didn’t really make an attempt to stay within them. The older one, Jesse, obviously saw the lines, noticed the picture and had a desire to stay within the boundaries.

Do you see your picture?

Can you see your lines?

Mature Christians should see lines in their lives daily, in all things. We should recognize them immediately as drawn by our Creator. We should acknowledge their boundaries and stay within them. They are there to protect us from marring our picture… in short, from defacing what the Artist intended it (us) to look like.

It is not up to artwork to tell the artist where and how its lines are to be drawn. That’s ridiculous! And yet how many times do we, as God’s creations, demand our pictures look differently? It is incredibly en vogue nowadays to be rebellious, to experiment, to stretch the limits and boundaries of what is right and acceptable. But we do so at such a cost! How often do we purposefully vandalize the image stamped onto our lives by sinning, crossing lines we know we’re not meant to? Do you see how bizarre that set-up actually is? That artwork would argue it's existence with the artist?!

God's artwork is perfectly drawn. It is perfectly planned and we are not meant to experiment with that. He does not want us to.

Everyone is so outside the box these days that being inside the box is the new radical lifestyle!

How ironic.

Dear ones I am convicted daily of how much I struggle with those seemingly pesky lines in my life! I am especially good at arguing with God about moving them or taking them away completely. Yet I cannot see my whole picture- and I do want my life to be a beautiful masterwork; one that looks the way it’s intended to.

I desire to be beautiful in His sight- and that requires, no, it demands that I stay within the lines drawn for me; tempting as it may be to go off with my own pencil.

So I’d ask you again to consider- How well are you coloring in the lines? Do you desire to be the masterpiece He's intended you to be?

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my heart today. Please comment below with thoughts and ruminations of where your walk is today- and stay tuned for part 4 (the last in the series <sad face>) coming to a blog near you!