Like the Moon

10 Aug

Like the Moon…

It was one of those bright nights. Grandfather took me out and we gazed at the Moon. It was a full moon, and it’s light illuminated us to the point where I could have taken notes right there if I choose to.

Do you remember what the Song of Solomon is about?, he asked

I quickly responded, it’s a love song between a bride and groom.

And in its deepest realms?

An allegory of God and His people, the Lord and Israel, Jesus and His bride, God and us.

We are the bride, Grandfather said. In one of the verses of the Song of Solomon the bride is described as beautiful as the moon. Do you find the moon to be beautiful?

I guess if you look at its surface, it’s not very beautiful.

No, it’s filled with imperfections, markings, irregularities, patches of darkness and creators. Yet it is called beautiful and connected to the beauty of the bride. It’s really fitting. For as the Moon is filled with imperfections, irregularities, and darkness, so too is the bride. Also, as the Moon is filled with scars of past wounds, so too are we.

Then, I asked, how can then it be called beautiful?

Her beauty is the beauty of the moon. The moon isn’t beautiful in itself. Neither are we. The moon’s beauty is in something other than itself. It’s beauty is in its light. And it’s light is not it’s own, but the light of the sun. The moon is beautiful inasmuch as it reflects the light of the sun. If it were able to look at itself in a mirror, it would only see imperfection, scars, and darkness. But if it forgets about itself and looks into the face of the sun, then it will shine with the radiance of the sun. This too is the secret of the bride’s beauty.

That we aren’t beautiful in ourselves, but that our beauty is in that which is other than ourselves.

Think about it, we are as the moon and He is as the sun. So as the moon’s light and beauty comes from the sun, so our light and beauty comes from God. So if you focus on yourself, you’ll only see the imperfections, the scars, and the darkness. But if you forget about yourself and turn your focus on the beauty of His radiance, then you will shine with His light. That light will overcome your imperfections. Then you’ll become beautiful. Don’t make the mistake of living a life focused on yourself. Forget yourself. Turn to Him. Dwell in the beauty of His presence and your life will become a reflection of His… and you’ll shine with the light of His radiance.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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