I wonder why God made the moon; what does it do? It seems like it just floats around up there and reflects light, sometimes more and sometimes less. Does it really make any difference when you can hardly see it? OK, I realize that it causes the whole ocean tide thing, but if the oceans just stayed in one place so to speak, would that be any big deal?
Maybe there’s quite a bit that I don’t really understand out there, but the moon; what’s to understand? It’s just sort of extra isn’t it? If it doesn’t really do anything except reflect sunlight, then I don’t really think I believe in the moon!
Lots of people will agree with me, no doubt about that; lots of people don’t believe in church either. “Organized religion” they call it; what’s the point? I can worship God in nature, at home, at the seashore or downtown; what’s the point of church? No, they aren’t buying the whole church thing, and they probably will join me in not buying into the whole moon thing too.
You see, the moon and the church have a lot in common; both reflect light, both are a little mysterious and both affect things that you might not think of at first. The church reflects the light of Truth in a dark world; the moon reflects sunlight in a dark night. The church reflects God’s love in a hate-filled world and the moon’s reflected light has warmed the hearts of lovers since the beginning of time. The church affects the tides of society and culture through the Good News of salvation; the moon drives the tides of the sea.
Maybe I should re-think my position on the moon; maybe it has a purpose after all…
For anybody who wants to notice, the moon is a pretty good way to understand God and His purposes, because with God what you see is not always what you assume it is at first; there’s always so much more than meets the eye.