The full moon resting over Circular Head at Stanley, a small seaside town in the north-west corner of Tasmania.
One morning last week, my wife, Andrea, and I took a trip out to Rocky Cape National Park to watch the sun rise. Being dark when we arrived, we were privileged to witness the brilliance of the almost full moon.
In a completely dark sky the moon is very bright. So bright, in fact that amateur astronomers generally regard a full moon night as very uninteresting due to the light of the moon outshining the faint objects far away. But, for those of us who are not hoping to see faint nebulas millions of light years away, the moon gives light enough for one to almost read a book outside in the middle of the night.
The moon is a picture of us as Christians. In a completely dark world – dead in trespasses and sins, the light that we shine is brilliant. The light, in fact, is so unlike the world around us that no one can help but notice the presence of it.
This light helps show the way to those in darkness. It reveals.
We are like the moon, but where does the moon get its light? It has no light of its own, but simply reflects the light given it by the true source of light.
As we gazed up at the moon, the brilliance of the sun began to shine behind our backs.
This was what we were anticipating. As the light from the sun came into our view, the light of the moon began to wane. The moon, which was so obvious a few minutes past, became a small memory in the presence of the sun.
The sun's light quickly outshone the moon, and began revealing not only objects we hadn't seen before, but gave brilliant colours to them as well. No longer did we question what was in front of us, we had the light of the sun to guide us.
And, just like the sun, there is another Son that will soon appear, and drive the darkness away and a new day will dawn. One in which nothing can remain in darkness.
The moon had to give way to the sun, and everyone will give way to the Son when He returns. How much better it will be for us if we are prepared and give way now, rather than be surprised by the dawn.
“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am known.”
May the Lord bless you all,
Rocky Cape Christian Community
19509 Bass Highway
Detention River, Tasmania 7321