The moon over Lake Superior was spectacular the other night. Twilight was almost gone, night and clouds had nearly covered the lone ore boat at anchor. But a distinct silver orb shone from the water, like a very large underwater pool light. I was sort of awestruck, nearly missing the curve on Skyline Drive before pulling over to take it in.
Of course, the light source was coming from above, through the clouds—but there was no visible moon, so my eye was drawn to the reflected light on the water. It made me think about the verses from the beginning of John’s Gospel:
“ The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John…He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.” John 1:4-8
Such visions are both humbling and inspiring. Humbling, because the work of our Creator’s hand is so magnificent, and yet I--a speck in the universe, a blip on Time’s radar—am invited to stand in the presence of God-at-work. Inspiring I suppose, because such moments are made to be shared, just as our very lives are made to testify to the light of Jesus.
Those two movements become intertwined; the seeing part that just knows from deep in our bones that what we are witnessing is indeed a God-moment, and the sharing part that feels incomplete until we can testify—tell about it—to someone.
This is what happened to Mary Magdalene at Jesus’ tomb, to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, to Thomas in the upper room, to Peter and the others at the fish fry: they saw a light—Jesus; it was disorienting because resurrection doesn’t fit how we expect the world to work; they were humbled in the presence of the power of the Almighty. They knew deep in their bones they were experiencing a God-moment.
But the moment doesn’t become complete until they can testify and tell it to somebody—to anybody and everybody who will listen! Their testimony is like reflected light that continues to inspire us today.
So when you experience and see those Resurrection moments, when the light breaks through the darkness, when the whole world stops for just a moment to see the magnificence of God-at-work, and you are humbled to be sharing it?
Just stop. Take it in. Let it breathe new life into you. Savor it. Because Lord knows there’s a cloud coming on the horizon.
Then let the light of the Risen Lord shine through your whole being. You won’t be able to keep it to yourself. Because even reflected light eventually draws the eye up to the Source.