This morning I awoke just after 5am to a beautiful sight. A full moon shining over the Gulf of Mexico. This shot from my cell phone hardly does it justice.
There’s something about the moon in general and a full moon specifically that captures our attention. It’s brightness and brilliance for sure. But the moon shining in the darkness seems to engage our reflective nature.
Think of the numerous songs, poems, and movies about the moon. Many speak to romance. “Fly Me to the Moon,” by Frank Sinatra. Or Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s Academy Award-winning song Moon River. And then Mr. Moonlight by the Beatles.
I recall the little lullaby from my childhood that goes like this:
I see the moon
And the moon sees me
God bless the moon
And God bless me.
The moon, of course, is the subject of speculation, superstition and many myths from various cultures about its origin. Impact on human behavior. And aliens inhabiting the moon.
Evolutionists believe the moon is here by mere chance. Some believe the moon was “formed 4.51 billion years ago, not long after the earth.” Wikipedia says, “The most widely accepted explanation is that the Moon formed from the debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia.”
I agree with Abraham Lincoln who once said: “I never behold (the heavens filled with stars) that I do not feel I am looking in the face of God. I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
Here’s what the Bible says in Genesis 1:16-19.
Then 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. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
The moon, like the rest of creation, demonstrates the order, design, and complexity of the universe. We can chart the tides based on the moon’s gravitational force on the ocean. If the moon was any closer or larger, the tides would destroy the coastlines.
Of course, we know that the moon has no light of its own, but reflects the light of the sun that strikes it surface. Dr. Dave Miller, in an article from Apologetics Press, “The Moon is a Witness” offers this insight.
It is most certainly a stunning proof of the existence of an Almighty Power that made it. But the Moon did not see itself created. However, having been created, it now serves as a literal witness of something that it “sees” or “experiences” that humans on Earth cannot see: the light of the Sun.
When the Sun “sets” in the West, the rotation of the Earth causing it no longer to be visible to that part of the Earth, those living in that region of the Earth may still “see” the Sun and be certain of its continued existence by means of the reflected light of the Moon.
The Moon literally “witnesses” to the reality of the Sun, conveying to night viewers of the sky the sunlight that they cannot see firsthand…Every time we look up and see the Moon, we are simultaneously seeing its witness to the Sun.
Indeed as the Psalmist exclaimed the sun, moon and the stars praise God and testify to His power, glory, and greatness. (Ps 148:1-4).
When I see the moon, I see the handiwork of God. I see His wondrous beauty. His awesome power. His eternal presence. His infinite wisdom. His enormous love. And I’m reminded that He has been mindful of me.
When I see the moon, I see God. And I know He sees me.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman