For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light- for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.” (Ephesians 5:8 – 9)

This evening as I was driving home from doing an errand, I happened to spot the moon low and large in the sky. The last rays of sunset had dispersed and the night sky was coming to fullness. And there, in the dark fullness was the bright light of the moon. It was beautiful! And I wanted a picture of it so much, to share with you beloved reader and as a memento for myself. So I drove to a safe spot and tried to take a picture with my phone. Supposedly my phone makes a good camera, but with the dark sky my camera phone could not correctly focus on the brightness of the moon. Through the view finder I could make out the moon, but it was blurry and fuzzy. I did think I could not get a good picture of the tranquil but glowing moon. I was sad.

I tried to puzzle it out. Why could my camera phone not picture the wonderful moon against the dark sky? Technological reasoning aside, I concluded that my phone was so “captured” by the darkness it could not focus adequately on the light.

“Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light.” (Verses 10 – 14a)

My phone attempted to take the picture of the bright moon against the dark sky. But because it was overwhelmed by the darkness it kept using the flash setting to make everything light, and so could not pick up the stark contrast of dark and light. I guess, beloved reader, my phone was trying to be a “good” follower of Paul and expose everything it saw to “light.” A good analogy or metaphor but not a good picture taking experience.

Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Verse 14b)

As I was trying to find the best vantage point for taking the picture, I passed other cars and pedestrians. And I had to wonder if they had taken note of the moon and its glorious glow. I concluded not so much. How, I wondered, could they be so blinded to the beautiful display of nature? Were they “sleep walking” through their journey? Oh yes, beloved reader, another analogy or metaphor.

I hope and pray beloved reader that you are not sleep walking through Lent. That you are paying attention to the words and inspiration of the Divine. Look up, beloved reader! Lift up your eyes, your heart and your spirit! See the Divine! Selah!