The Real Super

The Real Super

Recently many have super things on their mind. What is super? The synonyms for super richly deepen our understanding. Super is wonderful, fantastic, great and marvelous. Super is tremendous, splendid, terrific superb and brilliant.

Second question, what is more than super? More than wonderful, great, terrific and brilliant. Above is synonymous with more. Above is our clue to what is more than super.

DSC_0133_1635sigGod is more than super. He is literally and figuratively above all things. We see evidence of the presence of God on the earth he created in small things that are min-super. This week two birds came for a drink at our bird water basin. The Downy Woodpecker and the House Sparrow are marvelous examples of the power and divine nature of God. These birds have the ability to fly. It is a miracle, the combination of feathers, lightweight hollow bones, and muscles for flight, that God has put in these two birds. Their calls and presence among us reveals a part of the divine nature of God. Birds are one of God’s gifts to us…one super.DSC_0128_1633sig

The moon is second super. Last month there were two full moons. The photo is of the second full moon in the month. The second full moon in a month is called a “blue moon” because full moons seldom occur twice in the same month. The photo was taken about an hour after the moon had risen. Light snow had fallen hours before and there were thin clouds still moving eastward. They made the moon seem hazy. The next morning this very moon was eclipsed as the earth moved between it and the sun. This moon was also one of three consecutive “super” full moons. Super moons are more brilliant than regular full moons. They occur when the moon being full coincides with it being close to the earth. If we have been paying attention to the moon recently our eyes have been provided with much beauty. Wonderful is a better description than super.

What is the real super? It is what we take for granted. Every breath, each heart-beat, health and an almost infinite number of daily gifts provided by God. We take the provisions of Almighty God for granted. We can. He allows it. These daily gifts are a boundless super. To put this truth in perspective we need to read the words of a man whose name was Elihu. He was a contemporary of Job, a man who has a book of the Bible named after him. Elihu reminded Job of the greatest super: God is always present and His power keeps us and the earth functioning according to the will of God. Elihu reminded Job this way, “If God were to take back his spirit and withdraw his breath, all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust.” Job 34:14-15

On this day when super is on our minds, it is right to give thanks and be reminded of what is really “super.”DSC_0135_1636sig

Do Over

Do you wish for a second chance? Are there things or words for which you would like a “do over?” This is the time of year when many seek to start over. Begin new in diet, exercise, more discipline in life and work. It is a time of reflection. Every year of life we pile up things we wish to say or do differently. We create a mountain of behaviors we’d like to do over. By year’s end we have a mass of regrets, that’s why hope fills the early days of the new.

We all need a “do over.” God gives it to us. Not just one either. With God we can “do over” again and again. There are some powerful everyday examples of God’s willingness to give you and I the “do overs” we need. You may not think of them as examples. Isaac Newton once asked “Whence arises all that order and beauty we see in the world?” Two powerful examples of order and beauty give us hope and an understanding that when we fail and need a “do over” one will be provided.

First example, the moon. The moon starts over each month. A full moon occurred yesterday. Today the moon is waning, 2% less illuminated than yesterday. 238,857 miles distant, the moon has predictable stages. It takes 29.5 days for the moon to go from new moon to the next new moon. Every month, people who delight in the phases of the moon have opportunity to witness its silent beauty. Miss them one month, there is another chance. Each month there is a chance to witness the moon as a crescent, full, waning and waxing. There is one important reason to , the moon is God’s “faithful witness.” Psalm 89:37 Watch it, observe it, realize the power and divine nature of God.DSC_0144_1328sig

The second example, sunrise and sunset. The human eye and heart is given twice daily opportunity to witness magnificent beauty as the sun rises to begin the day. This beauty is repeated at sunset. Winter days can be brief. At 46.2 degrees latitude, the first day of winter has 8 hours and 35 minutes of daylight. It is 6 seconds longer than the shortest day, the winter solstice. Sunrise and sunset at two daily times of jaw dropping beauty. Thin cirrus clouds often produce the greatest color. Yet a clear sunrise of set has beauty. With sunrise and sunset, people have daily opportunities to be reminded of the majesty, power and wonder of God.DSC_0156_1337sig

You need a do over? Sure, you do. Me? You know it. We are imperfect. We talk too much. We are selfish, we want things our way. Our selfish nature hurts those around us. Yes, we need “do overs.”

As another year begins do you doubt things can be different? Do you feel as though life is a rut you’ll never escape? Look at the moon, plan your day to watch the sun rise or set. Watch both, it’s even better. These examples speak plainly that God will give you another chance. To believe this it helps to observe His clear examples. Watch the moon, it does not need to be full. Change your routine and drive to a place where you can watch the sun rise or set at the horizon. We get reminders, daily. Be still. God will be present.

The sun and moon, remind us of something God has spoken in words. The Bible says, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I am with you, even to the end of the age.” Lamentations 3:22-23 There it is, we get a second chance-everyday. This truth makes watching a sunrise or set more than just a time for pleasure. The moon and sun remind us daily, there is hope, there is a “do over.” When God gives a “do over” it is filled with love; and forgiveness. DSC_0160_1339sig

The Faithful Witness

Moon thoughts….

“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.”
Carl Sandburg

“In presence of the Moon nobody sees stars.”
Amit Kalantri

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.”
Galileo Galilei

“Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

“I’m convinced that before the year 2000 is over, the first child will have been born on the moon.”
Wernher von Braun

“In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

And this one from the Bible…

…the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.” God, Psalm 89:37b