Today’s Supermoon

The blind man shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him;
and when he came near, Jesus asked him,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
He replied, “Lord, please let me see.”
Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”
He immediately received his sight
and followed him, giving glory to God.
~ Luke 18:35-43


Tonight, the moon will be at its perigee. We will be seeing the biggest and brightest supermoon in 70 years. This event will not happen till another lifetime. Already, my Facebook feed is full of moonshots. Most of those who have posted these photos are simply awed by the beauty and magnitude of the supermoon. There are some who continue on to praise and thank God for the grandeur of His creation. They see the hand of God in His works and the hymn “How great Thou art,” comes to their minds so naturally.

My thoughts turn to the events of recent days. Many have been disheartened by Trump’s election as president of the US. Many Filipinos have become disenchanted with Duterte, special with his unconventional style and uncouth behavior. Many are fearful that what is happening in the Middle East right now might escalate into a full blown world war. Through all these uncertainties and fears, can one still the the hand of God at work? Is God at work in His mysterious ways and transforming our world and us into something better? In the face of such difficulties and tribulations, can we still sing spontaneously, “How great Thou art?”

I look at my ordinary life. I am far removed from all these events and I cannot really do anything to change their course. Yet, their worsening and their escalation will surely affect me and my immediate loved ones. Can I still see God at work in my life? Can I even believe that God would spare a thought for me? And yet, Christ did spare time for the blind man on the road to Jericho. He restored his sight. Can I see God’s greatness in the ordinariness of my life and allow Him to do His great deeds?

In humility and gratitude, I break out in song and praise:

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

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