For some reason the full moon was exceptionally bright last night and shone like a spotlight over the city of Whangarei. With each passing moment, the night sky grew darker, revealing the brightness of the moon all the more. Interesting how that works, eh? The darker the night, the brighter the light.
And the wonder of it all is that the moon does not produce its own light, but rather reflects the radiance of the sun. It does it to the perfect degree, emitting just enough of a gentle glow so as to allow us to sleep and yet not leaving us without help in the midnight hours. How clever and kind of God to give us the "lesser lights" to govern the night sky.
The stars and moon are signposts of hope, pointing to the God who is ever-present, ever-waiting for people to return home like the Father who says, "I'll leave the light on for ya." For me, a sense of relief accompanies each glance at the moon, for it says to me that even in the darkest of time, a light still shines. Even when the "worst-case-scenario" that ever was has become a reality, all is not lost; there is hope. A light will ALWAYS shine. We are never without help because Jesus Christ, the Creator of those lesser lights who himself is THE light of the world, "is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Are you discouraged? Does life seem rather black? Look up. Is life pleasant for you right now? Look up. And then look out . . . to those around you and be the light in their night sky that reflects the radiance of the Son of God.