Often when my children were young we would see a big bright moon in the sky and chant the little ditty, “I see the moon and the moon sees me. God bless the moon and God bless me!”
The moon can be so beautiful and it inspires so many romantic scenarios! But what is interesting about the moon is that it has no light of its own. The light that it shines is the reflected light from the sun. In fact, the side of the moon that is not facing the sun is always cold and dark.
In our verse today, there is only one Source of light or glory and that is the Lord. We can not claim any glory as originating in ourselves. The Lord does not share His glory. But He does want us to reflect it. It is our purpose here on earth to shine in this darkness and point others to Him. But it is HIS glory and light that we are reflecting.
To take this illustration further, we all have a dark side! Just like the moon, whatever is not facing the light can not reflect it. I can not reflect His glory when I claim that glory for myself. The dark side is the part of me that takes credit when it rightfully belongs to His work in me.
I do not want any cold or dark sides to me. I want all of me to shine! I want to give Him the glory for any and all accomplishments. I want Him to have the credit for anything that is good in my life. May I reflect His glory today!