Technically, we have a full moon up there. Second one this month, so it is called a Blue Moon. There are many explanations about that name, but it’s not going to be “blue.”
It’s not going to be very bright around here tonight either, given our wintry weather.
But I like walking outside in the dark winter nights. In the winter it’s very, very quiet. The snow soaks up all the sound; everyone else seems to be indoors. It’s a nice time to feel the awesomeness of nature and the aloneness of your thoughts.This was me last night, or at least where I was. I took many photos without the flash, but the pictures show a lot less than what I saw.
The light from the flash around me, though, reminds me of what we discovered one night in our class on Elijah.
Elijah: taking refuge in a cave; alone with his own thoughts and perplexities and real fears; then comes a crashing earthquake to shake him up and things get worse. Rocks tumble down and he can’t even trust the ground he stands on.
Then comes a howling, overwhelming whirlwind to throw things around, hurling dust and grit, stones and broken rocks and dead, dry pieces of shrubs at him.
Then comes a strange eerie fire, like a blowtorch, menacing as it grows closer to Elijah.
I know some of my people were experiencing difficult times, with no relief in sight. I was going through some difficult times too. I pointed out that just when Elijah pleaded for consolation – anything, just to “prove” that God is there, caring for him – just at that point – things actually got worse. And worse. And worse. Nothing in this great big, powerful, wonderful earth provided safety and consolation for Elijah.
But in God’s good time, He came to Elijah, quietly, softly, like a subsonic little whining, buzzing noise….filling Elijah with the sense of God’s reality.
When Elijah had first entered that cave, God asked him a series of questions: “What are you doing in here…?” And now, after Elijah experiences God’s reality, he is asked the same series of questions: “Elijah, what are you doing in here…..”
Elijah was ready for those questions the second time. For us, for the readers of the Bible, Elijah was given knowledge of God’s plans, and how things were being worked out by the hand of God all along.
So that’s what I think of when I’m out at night and can’t hardly see where I’m going. The moonlight (or the camera flash) lights up only the place where I’m standing. I don’t get to see where my whole life is going, how all the things are being worked out by the hand of God, but I do get just a little light around me, just enough to take the next step confidently.
I do love walking in the moonlight.