No Light of It’s Own

September 11, 2011

Last weekend was awesome!  All of our children were home and we had such an enjoyable time.  One of the things we try to do is get out and take some pictures together.  It is usually just us “guys” and I get to spend a little time teaching them some of the things I’ve learned through the years.

One of Aaron’s favorite things to photograph are night shots, so we headed downtown.  Cruising around, we caught a glimpse of the Pinnacle building and the moon was just hanging there off to the side.  There was lots of activity last weekend and finding any angle was a challenge.  We ended up in a remote parking lot down by Titan’s stadium.  People were tailgating and there was a marching band, lots of activity.  But, we found a place to set up our tripods and start shooting.  Calculating your exposure for these shots is a little tricky, so we talked through the process of nailing it down.  This is tricky because of the tremendous contrast of the black sky and the bright moon.

That brings me to the point of this blog.  As bright as the moon is, we need to remember that on it’s own it has no light.  It merely reflects the light of the sun.  On a beautiful clear night, the moon seems to “glow” just like it had a light source internally.   In the same way we are commanded as Christians to let our light shine.  We are to reflect the light of the Lord in our lives, so others can see Him through us:  Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  As I’ve been thinking about this, it has become obvious to me that some days I do a better job “letting his light shine through me” than other days.  I want to be much more consistent in the way I live my life and treat others.  I am reminded that I’m a work in progress, and there is still much work to do.  Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ

No More Sun or Moon? There is a verse toward the very end of the bible describing what the world will be like after Jesus returns and sets up His new kingdom.  Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. It will be so strange without the sun or the moon.  Imagine what it will be like being totally illuminated by the “glory of God” who we all know is Jesus.  I know that I am looking forward to spending eternity in that kingdom and experiencing that forever.  I do want all of you, my friends and family to be there too.


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