Clearly

The moon was rising over the field, quietly moving along the night sky.

Veiled with blanketing streaks of dark clouds, its surface was obscured along with its light.

Because the clouds were in the way, I could not see it clearly.

If I had been above the clouds, the moon would have appeared crisp and bright.

God is at work in our lives.

In every situation.

In every circumstance.

If you think this is not true, consider this–which area of your life do you feel that God is not a part of at this moment?

God is the author of every breath drawn into our lungs.

We can take comfort in knowing He is working in all things.

Like the moon, we may not see His involvement clearly.

There will come a time when the fog will lift and we will understand fully.

The next time you see the moon shrouded with clouds, take a moment to consider that we don’t yet see things clearly in life.

Until we do, we must trust in God, who does.

 

 

 

 

We don’t yet see things clearly.

We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.

But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!

We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us!

—1 Corinthians 13:12

 

 

 

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Heavenly Lights

It’s easy to get used to things.

I live in a subtropical area, with palm trees, warm weather most of the year and an incredible amount of wildlife roaming about at any hour of the day.

People come from all over the world to vacation in this area.

I’m used to the beauty of it all, so there are times that I fail to appreciate it.

Tonight, I was looking at the moon while standing in my back yard.

It was a clear evening, and the moon was bright and almost directly overhead.

Photographing the moon is something I have enjoyed for awhile.

It is easy to just get used to the moon being there, without really thinking about it.

If I do think about the fact that something so incredibly large is right out there so close to earth, orbiting and yet always staying right where it should be, it’s almost a little frightening.

Just that initial thought of how small I am and how big the moon is—that moon that’s right above me.

I trust that God will keep it in its place, so I don’t really concern myself with it.

The fact that God is keeping it there brings me to consider His great power.

He is holding the moon in place and He is holding my life in place.

Even though I may feel overwhelmed at times, I know I can trust Him.

The moon above is a reminder that He is in control.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
His faithful love endures forever.

 Give thanks to Him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever.
 Give thanks to Him who made the heavens so skillfully.
His faithful love endures forever.
 Give thanks to Him who placed the earth among the waters.
His faithful love endures forever.
 Give thanks to Him who made the heavenly lights—
His faithful love endures forever.
 the sun to rule the day,
His faithful love endures forever.
 and the moon and stars to rule the night.
His faithful love endures forever.

—Psalm 136:3-9

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Give Thanks

Give thanks to Him who made the heavenly lights–His faithful love endures forever.

—Psalm 136:7

 

 

Being thankful.

Being grateful.

Being appreciative.

Having a heart full of praise.

Having a heart full of devotion.

To recognize God’s faithfulness.

To know of God’s love deeply within your soul.

All praise belongs to God!

 

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Set in Their Places

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This year, there will be a full moon on Christmas.

That hasn’t happened since 1977.

In fact, it’s only happened three times since 1900.

So, when will it occur again on Christmas?

The year 2034….

Figuring out such things requires a great deal of scientific and mathematical knowledge and expertise—a task for the highly educated.

Keeping the moon in orbit around the earth and the earth sailing around the sun and the sun in its place in the Milky Way requires a Creator with ultimate power—a task that only God can handle.

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O Lord, our Lord,
    Your greatness is seen in all the world!
Your praise reaches up to the heavens;
 it is sung by children and babies.
You are safe and secure from all Your enemies;
    You stop anyone who opposes You.

 When I look at the sky, which You have made,
    at the moon and the stars, which You set in their places—
 what are human beings, that You think of them;
    mere mortals, that You care for them?

—Psalm 8:1-4

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Praise Him, Sun and Moon

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The sky was clear last night and the moon was bright and almost nearly overhead.

Braving the mosquitoes, I stood in my driveway, trying to get a good shot.

I really enjoy looking at the night sky and seeing a small part of the vastness in space that God has created.

Each time the moon rises, its very presence praises God who made it….

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Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise Him in the heights above.
 Praise Him, all His angels;
    praise Him, all His heavenly hosts.
 Praise Him, sun and moon;
    praise Him, all you shining stars.
 Praise Him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at His command they were created,
 and He established them for ever and ever—
    He issued a decree that will never pass away.

—Psalm 148:1-6

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The Finest the Moon Can Yield

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The 33rd chapter of Deuteronomy begins with this verse:

This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.

As the chapter unfolds, we find separate blessings.

This is part of the blessing for the tribe of Joseph from verses 13-16:

About Joseph he said:

“May the Lord bless his land
    with the precious dew from heaven above
    and with the deep waters that lie below;
 with the best the sun brings forth
    and the finest the moon can yield;
 with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains
    and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;
 with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness
    and the favor of him who dwelt in the burning bush.
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
    on the brow of the prince among his brothers.

I don’t hear much about people blessing others anymore.

Why couldn’t we?

Not just when we are dying, but throughout our lives?

What about praying for good things for our children, even when they become teenagers and adults?

Prayers that ask the Lord to bless them.

Prayers about blessing them with wisdom.

Blessing them with hearts that are tender toward God.

Praying for their faithfulness.

Praying for their purity.

Praying for their strength.

Can’t we bless our own children when we pray for them?

Shouldn’t we?

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The Day is Yours

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Who does today belong to?

Who owns tonight?

Are they ours to control?

Can we plan their outcomes with total certainty?

God is sovereign.

As His children, we belong to Him.

Our days and nights belong to Him, as well.

We must rest in His love.

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Rising of the Sun

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The clouds were so thick and consuming.

The sun appeared as a white, round sphere in the sky, almost moon-like.

Such power is demonstrated to us every day.

The power of the sun to burn and to destroy, yet its warmth allows life to exist on our planet.

The power of the clouds to mask and filter the sun’s magnificent rays as they hint of rain to the earth below.

At every turn there is a display of God’s power within reach.

All powerful and understanding, He chooses to hear our words of praise.

 

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
    praise the name of the Lord!

 Blessed be the name of the Lord
    from this time forth and forevermore!
 From the rising of the sun to its setting,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised!

—Psalm 113:1-3

 

 

 

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