Reflections On The Moon
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Chan Gin Kai
"So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." (2 Corinthians 3:18, NLT)
The moon is just one out of zillions of lifeless rocks in the vast universe. Yet it has been worshipped as a deity, celebrated in poetry, and influences much of life on earth. What makes it special? In the same way, what makes us unique?
The ancient Sumerians, Mesopotamians and Greeks worshipped the moon as a deity. The Chinese celebrate it in mythology. The moon has inspired numerous poets: Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Plath, Shelley, Li Bai, Rumi, and many more have been moved by the moon’s beauty. Before the Gregorian calendar gained universal acceptance, many used the lunar calendar even up to the 20th century, and it is still used today for some religious and cultural observances. The gravitational pull of the moon is what causes our tides, which is more than just a concern for fisherman and surfers; it strongly influences our climate and much of life on earth too. The moon has even been blamed for mental illnesses (hence the term “lunacy”) and lycanthropy; both of which are unfounded of course.
Yet if we are to really think about it, the moon is simply one out of the zillions of rocks in the vast universe. It is cold and lifeless. It emits no light of its own, and we see it only because of the sun, as it reflects the sun’s glory. And if it weren’t tethered to earth’s orbit by our planet’s gravitational pull, the moon would not have the incredible influence that it now has on our arts, cultures, mythologies, religions, climate and even life on earth. Without the sun and earth, the moon is an invisible rock that serves no function.
The above passage in the Bible teaches that Christians reflect God’s glory. As the Holy Spirit works within us, we become more and more like God, and we reflect His glory even more. While praying a few days ago, I pondered on the above passage, and it occurred to me that we are very much like the moon.
Each one of us is simply one out of the seven billion bodies in a rapidly populated world. This may hurt our egos a little, but there is nothing truly unique about any one of us. You’re beautiful? There are millions more like you. You’re smart? There are millions more like you too. You’ve had something very tragic happen to you? I don’t mean to be insensitive, but there are millions who have experienced tragedy too. You’re special in your own eyes and the people closest to you. But to the rest of the world, you’re just another passing face on a crowded train, another number on a database.
We are weak mortals who often even fail to tell what’s right from wrong. And even when we know that a path is erroneous, we often lack the self-control to resist it. We chase after pleasures, possessions and promotions to satisfy the voids in our hearts, only to learn that it’s an insatiable pit that nothing earthly can ever fill.
But we have, at baptism, clothed ourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). Our old selves have died, and we live new lives. As Christians, we reflect the glory of God. Because of Him, we are special, and truly beautiful.
Like the moon, we serve no function too, unless we are tethered to earth. We cannot be entrapped by the ways of the world, but we need to be a part of it, and serve God’s purpose for us in it. You may not have the beauty to inspire poetry (though a few of you probably do), but your impact can be far greater. You can play a part in changing someone’s eternal destiny.
Let’s dwell in God’s presence and reflect His glory. Let’s serve the purpose He has set for us, and make a genuine difference.
Chan Gin Kai
Gin Kai is a film producer who believes in the power of media to inspire positive changes. He has spearheaded disaster relief and capacity building projects in impoverished communities across Asia. In church, he serves as a mentor to young professionals in the EDGE Ministry. He describes himself as "just a sinner who wants to get right with God".