The Harvest Moon

moon1The moon was humongous last night, golden and buttery… melting over the horizon to pool there in the darkness.

I stopped and stared at it for a few minutes, because I love when you can actually watch the moon rising, and imagine the earth turning beneath you. Tilting, tilting, toward the east…

Isn’t it interesting that the moon gives off no light of her own?
Isn’t it interesting that the moon’s majestic glow is only a reflection of the sun?

There’s a profound illustration to be found right here, about Jesus Christ and Christians.

In the very first chapter of Genesis, as God breathes out the galaxies, He says, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night.” (verse 14) And again in verse 16, “God made two great lights- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.”

While Jesus walked the earth, Earth didn’t even know that day had broken.

Well, creation cried out and exalted… but so many people despised and rejected Him. Because He wasn’t what they had expected. And their hearts were cold.

Earth, you had about 33 years of day!!

And after Jesus conquered death and ascended, he gave Believers a great responsibility.

Night was falling. And it was time for the moon to shine.

Not with a light of her own, but as a reflection, an absorption of the light from the Son.

I look up at the night sky when the moon is full, and this is what nails me in the heart. Because the reminder is RIGHT there. How do I forget this?

God, I’m supposed to reflect You! And as Christians, surrounded on all sides by this darkness, we need to be looking to You. Spending time in Your word, absorbing Your Love, so that we can shine it outward toward the world. So that by Your light through us, those worn and weary travelers who seek may find, and make their way Home. 

In this vibrant Autumn season, I think also of the Harvest Moon. And how Jesus said…

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37&38 NIV)

We need to be a bright moon, we need to be a full moon. Also, we must remember that we are a harvest moon. And we were hung in the sky to serve as a sign, to mark the seasons and days.

It’s time to stop letting the clouds cover us up. It’s time to stop being pale and cold. It’s time to take this role seriously.

Let us pray for the church, for our fellow believers. Let’s not only go about “being a light to the world” but being a light to each other. Let us uplift one another, let us oil each other’s lamps.

And let us pray for the leading of our hearts by the Spirit, and an awakening of believers to go out as workers into the harvest field.

To quote Miss Clara from War Room, “Raise ’em up, Lord! Raise ’em up!”

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