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Full Moon Reflection

This morning, I hit the pavement at 5AM to get an easy 3 miles in to start my day.  Normally, it would be almost pitch black at this time of the day, but not this morning.  Today, I ran as if it was daylight thanks to the sun’s light reflecting off the full moon.  You could actually see my shadow quite clearly as I ran away from the moon.  And the picture above from my iPod doesn’t do the moon justice.  It was like a bright white beach ball hanging in the sky.

I’ve always had a fascination with space, so as I saw the moon this morning.  I couldn’t help but wonder how bright the moon’s reflection must appear in space.  The interesting thing is that the moon only displays a fraction of the brightness that comes from the sun.  Yet it is still beautiful and it can still show the way and it still gives hope for the new day sun.

This kind of makes me think about Moses after he had the chance to see part of God.  Moses’ face glowed.  In fact, they had to use a cover to hide the brilliance of his face.

As Christ followers, we are called to be like the moon.  We are called to reflect the light of the Son.  We have an opportunity in this broken world to reflect God’s light and spread the hope of Christ to an otherwise dark world.  A great reminder thanks to a morning moonlit run.

So there you have it…some of my thoughts from my 3 miles this morning.  By the way, the legs were a little stiff after Sunday’s run, but it was good to get back to running.

What do you think of when you see the moon?


September 13, 2011 - Posted by | running, thoughts


  1. Phil Wickham’s new CD has a song about this! It is called Sun and Moon. It is amazing!

    Comment by Brandon | September 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. I like the point you made that the moon “gives hope for the new day sun.”

    Also, impressed at your 5AM runs. I’m not there yet, too early.

    Comment by ramblinknight | September 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Ryan, 5AM is what works best for me right now during the work week. Thankfully, I’m a morning guy, so I usually don’t have a problem getting up and moving that early. – Thanks for the comment on the post.

      Comment by jonstolpe | September 14, 2011 | Reply

  3. Great reminder if our privilege to be a reflection of Christ to our dark world. I’m often reminded, in looking at the natural satellite, of my godly grandmother who drew my attention to the “man in the moon.”…one of her quaint, humorous things to entertain a child. Thx for sharing your early morning rn experience.

    Comment by Randy | September 13, 2011 | Reply

    • You’re welcome, Randy! Thanks for joining in the “conversation.” I’ve enjoyed reading your blog as well.

      Comment by jonstolpe | September 14, 2011 | Reply

  4. Jon, I’ve not commented much lately, but I’ve really been enjoying your blog posts the past couple of weeks. You always have thoughtful posts that cause me to reflect on life in many different ways.

    I, too, love space and just thinking about the vastness of it. When I see the moon I always think back to the Apollo 13 movie when Tom Hanks is holding up his hand at the moon and flicking his thumb back and forth (alternating between covering the moon and not covering it). It just reminds me of the universe that God created. It took a HUGE God to create the universe. I think it brings me comfort at times.

    Keep up the writing – I’m really enjoying it!

    Comment by Jason Fountain | September 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Jason! Great to hear from you. I’m guessing that the start of school as kept you busy. Congrats on the big 40. I’m looking forward to reading more over at your blog (when you get some time).

      Comment by jonstolpe | September 14, 2011 | Reply

  5. Brandon, This name (Phil Wickham) keeps coming up. I’ve haven’t heard his music before – other than on your blog. I’ll have to download his album to my iPod, so I can get to know his music more. Thanks!

    Comment by jonstolpe | September 14, 2011 | Reply

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