I went to get some practice tonight by drawing a crater. Any crator would have done, but Posidonius caught my attention. Once the observing and studying was underway, I took more notice of the Northern end of the Serpentine ridge. The more I developed the observing sheet, the more I thought about how the light at the right angles made the ridge and the crater show things I simply had not seen before. As a Christian walks through life, it is God’s specific purpose to put light on things in us. We need it. We cannot see the flaws, and we often skip over sin. When he provides the right light (usually in a circumstance we call a trial), we finally get the message. So let’s take a look at the sketch, then I will conclude:
There is something about studying an object over time that is like a repeating reminder. As I considered the Serpentine Ridge snaking over the lunar floor, I kept thinking about the light of God in trials that causes me to take a stand inside. I still have plenty of trials because I still make mistakes. I sin. I goof. I make light of things that are serious and make serious things that should not be. You name it, over the years I have probably done it. But therein is where the Spirit of God works: bringing things to light so we will humble ourselves and turn toward him. This is exactly what repentance is: turning from one direction in a circumstance or trial or temptation to another. That is why he puts light on a situation to begin with. He loves us enough not to let us continue in an unfruitful path. This is what the first chapter of James is all about, hence the scripture reference on the sketch.
Posidonius and the Serpentine Ridge have become a flag: they remind me of this lesson.
If you want to see a similar lesson with moon sketches, try the one in the link below. http://christworksministries.org/inspiration_trials