I love to watch the phases of the moon. It definately has something to do with how my children behave differently when there is a new or full moon:-) But there is more. It is beautiful. I am awed by how God can take an enormous ball of dust, set it afloat in the universe, with no really appealing attributes, shine the light of the sun on it, and voila…a beautiful picture we are drawn to look at.

We are like the moon, are we not? The Son, of course, is the sun. And our life is like the moon’s phases. Before we know Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are like a new moon. Black. No goodness, no righteousness to be seen. Once we give our lives to Jesus, a sliver of His light can be seen reflecting from us. As we grow closer to Him, and learn to be more like Him, more and more of His righteousness is seen in us. Some days we may even be nearly a full moon, but it does seem to come and go as we struggle daily to carry our cross and live in a way that glorifies God. I hope that as I get older and learn more about how Jesus wants me to live, that I will be more and more like the full moon.

While I am a moon, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit guide me. They show me how to live so that more and more of the Son is reflected from me. Ephesians 4:29 & 31-32 – When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need–words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you. Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.”

Galations 5:22-23 – “But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong.”

I John 2:3-6 – “We can be sure that we know God if we obey His commands. Anyone who says, ‘I know God,’ but does not obey God’s commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if someone obeys God’s teaching, then in that person God’s love has truly reached its goal. This is how we can be sure we are living in God: Whoever says that he lives in God must live as Jesus did.”

No matter how you look at it the moon is a ball of dust. It will always be a ball of dust. It can never be pure light because there is no light in it. It’s only light always comes from the sun, as does mine. Unlike the sun, though, I have hope. I will not always be a moon. I will never be a sun. But, I can be the best reflection possible…when I receive my new body in Heaven. I will no longer be a moon, I will be a mirror…a perfect reflection of my Savior, my Jesus…exactly the way God intended me to be. “What a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all get to Heaven, we’ll sing and shout the victory!”