At our very small age, we were told about sunlight and moonlight! The moonlight seemed to be more celebrated than sunlight as we had moonlight stories, moonlight dance and all that.
When Grandma visited, we would sit around her feet in the sitting room just to hear her tell us stories! She told us about the tortoise, about the Lion, king of the forest and the deaf hunter! There were just lots of stories we’d hear every night as we celebrate the moonlight!
I discovered I could tell stories because of these celebrated times! Grandma or Mum would ask us to tell a story one after another and I would always want to do something different and new and I will end up making up a story to tell! Then, I started writing them on papers.
When we graduated into secondary school, I could visit the school library and certain things could always pick my interest! I started questioning lots of things which included who created God, what existed before the beginning, is there any universe beyond this universe and all that! As I thought of these things, my head could begin to ache and sometimes I become afraid of running mad!
My curiosity led me to do lots of research! I wanted to know these things and I wanted to be sure what I believed in was true! That was in my JSS 1 at St. Christopher’s Junior Seminary School, Onitsha. I was also very curious about the Church and how denominations came to be! So many things were on my mind most especially on the issues of the universe!
I abandoned everything I was supposed to read about and started reading books about the universe, the milky ways, the asteroids, the meteoroids, the UFOs, the Stars, the Planets, the Satellites and so on! It was so interesting that it got almost all of me! I could read about the universe for days without getting bored and I even wanted to study astrology. One of my biggest desires wasn’t just to visit the moon but to live there!
I wouldn’t want to share all I learnt because that’s not what am here for but I want to say something about the moon. Yes, the moon!
First, the moon has no light but the light we see at night has been credited to the moon. The moon is an opaque object, it is not transparent and has no light of its own! It is as opaque as a mountain and it has a weaker gravitational force. That is to say, when you throw something up in the moon, it is likely to go higher than it could on earth!
Do you know that the sun shines all the time? The sun doesn’t switch off at night and switch on in the morning. Even the moonlight is simply a reflection of the light from the sun. Don’t be confused! Let me explain more…
The moon is opaque and doesn’t produce any light of its own just like the earth. The earth rotates around its axis which its completion makes one day. As the earth spins around, it takes us out of the reach of the sun which brings about the night but something happens. The moon is above the earth and the moon orbits the earth.
Because the moon is above the earth, it keeps reflecting sunlight and becomes obvious when the sun has gone down on earth. When you see the half-moon, it means the sun is only reaching a part of the moon at that time. The moon has no light, it is a rocky mass but reflects sunlight.
I would like us to draw some lessons from this little exposition. The sun is a star, one of the billions of stars in the universe. Although the moon has no light, it is shining so bright to an extent it is always celebrated even much more than the sunlight!
Without the sunlight, there wouldn’t have been anything as the moonlight. The moon is shining and that’s why everyone including little children knows about it and celebrate it! We know there is a moon because we saw the moon shining!
Okay… That’s about the moon! Let’s talk about you!
Who has noticed you? Have you made any impact? Has your light been felt by people? Will anyone be ready to celebrate you?
I think you don’t need any Bible verse to get the point but let me give you a passage
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. John 8:12 (NIV)
You cannot shine when you are not connected to the source! You are designed to be a light, a channel through which God’s light shines forth. You will do better than the moon on one condition… If you are connected to Jesus!
The moon needs a close star to shine. You need Jesus to shine!
God bless you.