Friday, March 28, 2008

I'll give you the moon

George Bailey, in It's a wonderful life promised the moon to his sweetheart as he professed his undying love. My wife is currently in Nigeria making preparations for her mother's funeral. It's been a whirlwind week of activities since we first learned of her passing away on Saturday April 22, 2008. A few nights ago, I stood outside my house quietly contemplating all that I need to do in preparation for my trip to Nigeria on Tuesday next week. Then I noticed the bright, full moon in the sky. It made me realize how small we really are in the grand scheme of creation. As I contemplated the moon I was awestruck at the fact that God, having created such amazing wonders would consider us the greatest work of His creative process. In that moment, I felt grateful to be alive and to realize that I'm a truly blessed man.

It occurred to me that moments of such great epiphanies are few and far between (at least in my life) and so I wanted to "build a monument" to the memory of that moment (kind of like saving a piece of the Berlin Wall). By the way I have a dear friend who actually has a piece of the Berlin Wall... I'm sorry, I digress. Back to my moment of epiphany... I wanted to capture the moment and couldn't think of a better way than to try and grab the moon and save it as a gift for my wife. The beauty of the moment was completely spoiled by having a digital camera with a ridiculously low zoom capacity, and so all you get is this picture that looks as if I'm trying to take a speck off a black cloth. You're just going to have to believe me when I tell you that it really is a picture of me reaching for the moon.

I hope your weekend is not as frenzied as mine is shaping up to be. Whatever the case, have a great weekend and I'll see you next week.


Jessy said...

What an awesome picture. I will be praying for you, your wife and your family as you walk through this season.

Joseph said...

Jessy, thank you so much. We could use all the prayers we can get right now.

Thea said...

It is pretty amazing that the same moon moves over Africa and the United States, isn't it? Your picture reminds me how small the moon is compared to the hand of God...sometimes feeling "small" is nice - it takes the pressure off when life is difficult.

Jessy said...

I don't know what your loss is like, but I know our Father does. May your weekend be frenzy free and full of His peace.

Joseph said...

Thea, isn't it mind boggling how big God is and how finite we are in the grand design.

Jessy, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!