Be a Moon
I see God the most in sunsets. Which is strange because God is light right? God is sun. So why would I see God the most when the sun is leaving? When God is leaving...
Because that’s just it. He doesn’t leave. He is just as much the moon as He is the sun. He is the light in the darkness. A moon, that shines so bright that the blackest of blacks and darkest of darks doesn’t engulf it...creates the most perfect imagery.
I see God in the sunsets because He stands out the most when I'm surrounded by darkness. We think we need Him most when we are surrounded by darkness, but in reality, there aren't levels of "needing" God. WE ALWAYS NEED HIM. Just like the Earth always needs the sun or the moon.
When Jesus is giving His Sermon on the Mount and he's telling us how we should approach the world (think the flesh and nonbelievers). Jesus says:
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
I want to be sunshine not so others can see me. In fact, it's impossible to look at the sun. I want to be sunshine so I can give off light that amplifies God's glory! I want His light to shine so bright that me, Sydney Gilliam, is unrecognizable. That no one says, "I want to be like her!" but that they say "I want what she has!" "How and Where can I get what she has!?"
However, I've been missing something. Something very important and here it is: I no longer only want to strive to be sunshine, but now I also want to strive to be a moon. A moon runs the graveyard shift. A moon must be the light in the darkest and deepest crevasses of our hearts. A moon guides people on their path even when they don't know where they're going. A moon must be word rooted and armored with the spirit to withstand the heavy burden the darkness tries to force on it. And although, I haven't made the job of a moon seem handsome, because it's not, it's so necessary.
As the body of Christ, we can't be a light that only surrounds itself with more life. We must take our light into the darkness. We need more moons, so be a moon.
Be a Moon.
(oh, and a sun...)