Moon Gazing

I opened the front door and stepped outside. It was a beautiful, fall morning. Everything was wet with dew, and the air was cool. I took a deep breath, and my eyes were drawn upwards, to where the moon, still bright with reflected light, was heading off to the west to shine on someone else’s world for a while. It was huge! A Super Moon, as it has been called. I thought about our narrow escape the night before. As we drove back from Tybee Island, it was grey and rainy, but we could see the tide, inching up to the shoulder of the road, moving in like a cool, white ghost to hover over the marsh. By morning, the road was covered with water, impassible, and people on the island had to call in to work and cancel appointments and plans for the day. There is nothing in the world that makes you feel as small as when Mother Nature yawns, and stretches and rolls over in bed, and the earth shakes, the waters rage and foam, and there is nothing a mere human can do about it but ride it out.

I stood under that enormous moon and the words of Psalm 8:3 came to me. “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established, what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? “ And I felt very small indeed. And, yet, the real wonder of it all is that God does care for us! God knit us together, knew us before we were even born, and knows each of us so well that he even knows the number of hairs on our heads! God has made us just a little lower than the angels, and has put us in charge of this vast creation called Earth. And, as I thought of the awesome responsibility and the trust God has placed in you and in me, suddenly, I didn’t feel small, at all!

Maybe it was the gravitational pull of that moon, but suddenly, my ordinary day seemed full of possibilities, and I felt energized in a way I hadn’t in weeks! I grabbed my briefcase, and headed out for the day, ready to see what God and I would accomplish by the time that Super Moon came up again on the other side of my world. And, I thanked God for blessing me with a snapshot of the bigger picture of his mission for the world, and my place in it. May God bless your ministry as well!

Pastor Barb <><

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