Earlier this week the kids and I were looking up our names at name-meanings.com and I was disappointed when I saw mine. For some reason, I'd never known it. I wanted something like, "Woman of Grace," "Feminine Flower," or "Unsurpassed Beauty." Maybe even, "Chosen of God." You know, something Deep and Meaningful.
I got: "The Moon Personified."
Well, hmph. Kyle got "Handsome" and Bethany got "Life- a town near Jerusalem" (which I've always thought was so cool about her name- Jesus loved to hang out there.)
I'm the moon. In a book I was reading this week, the author joked that sunning is fashionable, but you get in trouble for mooning! And when thinking of the moon in that way, the fact that it's big and white with craters doesn't make it all that appealing a description. (I'm reminded of a note that one of my 3rd graders wrote me one year that said, "Mrs. K___, You are so buttful." After all I've eaten in the past month, I've been feeling particularly "buttful," as of late!)
So, I sort of "hmphed" about being the "moon personified," but oh well.
God, Who knows what's in every corner of my mind, and Who has been encouraging me in every way, especially in the past few months, let me come across two things this week:
1. In Max Lucado's book, It's Not about Me: Live Like You Mean It , that I'm reading with the kids this week, he says:
"We exist to make a big deal out of Him. It's not about you. It's not about me. It's all about Him.
The moon models our role.
What does the moon do? She generates no light. Contrary to the lyrics of the song, this harvest moon cannot shine on. Apart from the sun, the moon is nothing more than a pitch-black, pockmarked rock. But properly positioned, the moon beams. Let her do what she was made to do, and a clod of dirt becomes a source of inspiration and romance. The moon reflects the greater light."
2. We got in the car yesterday and heard the song "Shine" by Salvador. The chorus goes like this:
Lord let me shine, shine like the moon
A reflection of you in all that I do
Lord let me be a light for your truth
Light of the world, I wanna be used to shine for you.
So there! I don't mind being "The Moon Personified" ... I'm a Son reflector!