March 2020 – Mike Woolley

March ‘20 Newsletter
Mike Woolley

Have you ever gone to see a movie, and during the film someone pulls out their cell phone and starts checking their e-mail or texts? It is amazing how far a little light will go in a dark place.

I watched a full moon come up last week and it was spectacular. The moon lit up the landscape. But then I remembered, the moon doesn’t actually shine. It reflects. The moon is really a fairly big chunk of rock and its surface is barren and unforgiving. The moon reflects the sun. It doesn’t seem possible since at night the sun is nowhere to be seen. But there’s the moon in all its fullness shining over us reminding all of us that the sun is not gone. The sun still shines at night.

I was thinking of how most of us go through spiritual nights. Times when it’s hard to see God or feel His warmth. The world can be a cold and disappointing place. God can seem distant from us. It’s times like those when we need something to remind us that He is not gone.

It is in those times that you run into someone who is so full of light and love your heart jumps and you realize you are seeing the human rendition of a full moon. You know they’re a moon because they’ve got just as many problems as you have. You know their story and you knew them when they were self-centered and unforgiving. And yet here they are and you see in them a light that does not belong to them. It’s that light that makes them come alive and beckons you to come alive with them.

Jn.8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

I love that Jesus shines like the sun. I guess I’m reminding those of you who are going through a dark night of the soul that the Son shines even in the night. Look for a moon. They may be sitting right beside you.

As a representative of Christ, you’re like a walking reflection of light. If you continue to keep a sweet and patient spirit while you’re going through times of hardship and suffering, that light will burn even brighter, catching the eyes and the curiosity of even more people.

Eph.5:8-10 “…for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.”

The fact that the world needs light presupposes it’s dark. We are no longer in the darkness; we are in the light, and we are the light of the world. Reflecting the light of the sun, we are moons, that the world may know the truth of God.

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