Bible Verse: “For he says, ‘In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 72:1-19
My thesaurus unfolds the word “rare” with the following synonyms: “uncommon, unusual, infrequent, sparse, meager, limited, singular.” When I was growing up, if someone wanted to refer to something occurring very rarely, they didn’t use a string of synonyms, they simply said it happened “once in a blue moon.”
The moon can appear blue or bluish-green when a lot of dust is in the air, as after a volcanic eruption. That doesn’t happen very often. Because the moon’s cycle averages 29.53 days, all the months with 30 or 31 days have at least one full moon every time. February, of course, can have only one. Occasionally, a month will have two full moons. When this happens, the second full moon is said to be blue, even though it rarely has the blue tint provided by unusual atmospheric conditions. Well, “once in a blue moon,” or extremely rarely, there will be a series of blue moons.
The year 1999’s month of February landed completely within the moon’s 29.53 days cycle, leaving it without even one full moon. As a result, both January and March were blessed with two full moons. The last time this happened was way back in 1915. Rare indeed. Infrequent. Uncommon.
When you think of the blue moon phenomena in your life, what things come to mind? What, rarely, if ever, happens to you? When I asked around, some said their “blue moon” experience was:
- A good round of golf
- A home run
- The kids doing their homework without any prompting
- Finding a truly comfortable pair of shoes
- I cook!
- Intimacy with my spouse
- Being completely healthy
- I hardly ever get sick. Thank God! This doesn’t fit the pattern does it?
- Winning something
- Being genuinely and deeply satisfied
A while back, a woman unloaded her history of pain in my office. As she explained her guilt over past failures, her present insecurity and her fear of the future, she seemed to be swallowed by helplessness and despair.
When I explained God’s amazing love for her, His willingness to forgive her past mistakes, His delight in rebuilding her life and giving her a new future, she was overwhelmed. After experiencing God’s touch of love, with tears of joy streaming down her cheeks, she said, “Why, in the past 45 years, hasn’t anyone else told me about Jesus?”
Experiencing the deep and abiding love of Christ may be “once in a blue moon” experience for many, but is doesn’t have to be. God’s love does not have cycles, it is not rare, meager, or limited. Like the sun, it keeps on shining whether we see it or not; whether we feel it or not. It is available any time day or night.
If you miss a rare blue moon this year, it will be back. If you’ve missed the love of Jesus Christ, don’t worry; it’s available right now. Just ask the Son to shine into your heart.
— Dave Petrescue in Pastor Dave’s Reflections. Copyright © Brenda Petrescue, 2008. Used by permission
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