The Lesser Light
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also (Genesis 1:16 KJV).
So … the lesser light … what does that even mean? Does God create things that are “less than”? The truth is in the verse; ‘God made two great lights’, not one great light but two. Now the last time we spoke about the sun, today we’re going to talk a little about the moon. We know the moon gives us light at night and that it is used to tell seasons and times. We also know that the moon is used as a point of direction.
Another cool thing about the moon is that it helps to regulate the tides. Basically the gravitational pull of the moon works on the waters of the earth and creates the tides. Remember when God said that he “set for the sea its boundary (Proverbs 8:29)”? Well, he did this awesome thing and made the moon the gatekeeper for the ocean tides.
Photo by Marco C.
Those things in themselves are totally cool but here’s what we can learn about God’s glory from the moon:
It’s about teamwork – While there are situations in today’s society where teamwork is considered important, in a majority of cases the onus is on us to “be the show” or to “steal the show”. So here are these two great lights. They have their own duties and functions and boundaries.
But here’s the thing, there’s no competition.
The sun is not sabotaging the moon and the moon is not trying to steal the glory of the sun. God’s people need to get to a place where they understand that there is enough. Enough resources. Enough love. Enough grace. Enough crowns in glory. We need to stop tearing each other down and learn to live together in unity and love.
Do all to the glory of God – Okay, I’m going to be a little ridiculous for a moment – bear with me. Let’s imagine that the moon was a person. She’s highly emotional and very fragile. How do you think she would like being called “the lesser light”?
Can you imagine the number of hours of therapy that she would have to go through to get over the feeling of being “less than”?
But see, the moon doesn’t do that. It goes through its phases exactly as it should. There’s never a time when it doesn’t show up because it wasn’t the sun. It does its job every day, er, every night to the best of its ability. And we should too.
Let’s get past this whole comparing ourselves to others and do what God created us to do: bring glory to his name. Nothing more. Nothing less. Every day. All the time.
Keep showing up – Yes, I get it, we all have bad days. There are days when the alarm doesn’t go off (or more truthfully we snoozed way longer than we should have). Or a child gets sick and we have to detour to the doctor on what should have been a peaceful ‘sleep in late’ day. Maybe the gas runs out before we quite have enough to cover the replacement.
Here’s our new mantra: be the moon. It’s always there.
Sometimes it’s big and beautiful like a globe in the sky, other times it’s only halfway there. It may be as small as a thumbnail or appear not to be there at all. It keeps showing up (okay so technically it’s there all the time). But the point is once it’s night-time, we know there’s going to be a moon, we just have to look for it.
We should have that moon-like effect. Keep showing up and shining our hearts out even when nobody gonna see it. That’s what God wants from us. He will never leave us nor forsake us and when we show up, so does he. Over and over again. We may not feel like it, but be the moon. Keep showing up and one day we will reach our full beautiful potential.
Have your say, what lessons can we learn from the moon?