By David Ramos
“And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night…” Genesis 1:16
This morning as I ran in the darkness I had the privilege of witnessing a full moon hanging low and huge on the horizon; I admired its beauty as I breathed in the crisp cool air of early morning. They call this the “Moon Illusion” since the moon sits low on the horizon, our vision catches other objects in its field of perception, which in turn makes the moon appear larger in juxtaposition to other points of reference.
In the distance a train crosses a bridge, it’s the train I would have been on had I still worked at my old job. I ponder this as I watch it noisily move in another direction, away from where I will be in just an hour. There is stillness in the air even the water on the beach to my left seems peaceful. I can’t seem to get my eyes off this gorgeous moon and I am reminded that the moon generates no light of itself but only reflects the light of the sun; its glory comes from another.
Apart from the Son we Christians can generate no light, we can only reflect the light that emanates from Jesus, and from the Holy Spirit. We are lesser lights called to rule the night. Sometimes we are surrounded by darkness, for many, we may be the only light they see!
As night faded and dawn emerged I got to see the Aurora’s brilliance. At one moment I seemed to be betwixt dual horizons. To the east was the sun and in the west the moon. I stopped to watch the drama, this marvelous ongoing show of the glory of God’s handiwork and thanked God that regardless of where I stand in time, he has provided light for the journey.