Did you brave the cold outside long enough to notice the recent appearance of the Supermoon? (Jan. 30, 2018) I’d seen headlines about its arrival for the past couple of days, but since I’ve mostly become numb to the manufactured hype and pseudo-news that’s so prevalent today, I didn’t really think much about it… that is, until I opened my eyes in the middle of the night and noticed the amazingly bright light streaming into our bedroom around the edges of the window shades. Even in my sleep-induced stupor that normally renders me oblivious to most things at that time of morning, I was impressed enough to push back the covers and make my way across the room to get a better look. I cracked the blinds to behold a stunning moonlit night! So bright and breathtaking was the glow, that I could easily see every feature of our backyard!
I was so enthralled by the celestial light show that this morning I searched out the news to learn more about the phenomena. Apparently, a supermoon happens when a full moon coincides with the point in its orbit that’s closest to the Earth which makes it appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon.
Most of us know from grade-school science class that the moon itself has no light, serving only as a reflector for the sun, so as I thought more about the supermoon definition, the spiritual parallel became clear.
Genesis 2 reminds us that Adam and Eve were created in the image of God and as their descendants, all men and women still exist as the sole beings capable of bearing … and reflecting… the image of God. However, the New Testament makes it clear that being made in His image isn’t enough to make us a part of God’s family. But it does explain God’s special love for humanity and His willingness to surrender the life of His Son to reestablish a relationship with us. He has made each of us special! Remarkable! Glorious! Not because of anything in us. But solely, because of Him.
So, when we fellowship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus, and as we focus on the things of God, yielding ourselves to His work “to conform us to the image of Christ,” we’re drawn closer to Him, and thus more able to reflect His love brightly to those around us. Paul said it like this, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18) In effect, our spiritual proximity to Him allows our lives to become supermoons capable of shining brighter and brighter with that “ever-increasing glory.”
So, the next time you interact with that person in the next cubicle who just drives you crazy, the irritating cashier at the store, the individual with the opposing political view, or the obnoxious fan of your rival team, be mindful of what your actions say to them. Make sure your responses magnify the glory of God and do everything possible to make Him appear brighter to those who are lost in the dark!