Friday, September 26, 2008

Is There a Man in the Moon?

I see the moon
The moon sees me
The moon sees somebody
I want to see

God bless the moon
God bless me
And God bless the somebody
I want to see
(Author Unknown)

In July 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the first human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface. Some thought this historic event might dispel much of our fascination with the moon but that has proved not to be true. The moon still inspires love songs and moonlit walks by lovers. We still refer to full moons, new moons, blue moons, and harvest moons. Crops are planted by the waxing or waning of the moon. Ocean tides are affected by the moon's pull on Earth's gravity. Only God knows the full impact of the moon on our planet and our human psyches.

When we are separated from friends and family by distance or time (many moons), it can be comforting to know that the same moon we gaze upon is also visible to them, no matter where in the world they may be. It is even more comforting to know that the God who placed the moon in the sky has His eye on us and those who are dear to our hearts. Just as God gave us the moon to illuminate the darkness of night, He gives us the light of His presence to banish the darkness of sin from our lives. Neil Armstrong's footprints may be on the moon, but God's fingerprints were there first. The moon is only one reminder of His majesty and His care for mankind.

"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him." (Psalm 82:3-4, NIV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that as the moon sheds its light over all the earth, so does your love shed itself abroad in our hearts. Help us to be mindful of your sovereignty and your deep, personal interest in all the affairs of man. Amen.

--Hazel King, Writer/Photographer (Copyright 2008)

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