Jo’s Journal: Moonlight Illuminating the Night Sky


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Moonlight Illuminating the Night Sky

A Healing Balm to My Soul

by Joanne Troppello


“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

A few nights ago, my husband and I had an argument over something insignificant. However, in the moment, both of our perspectives seemed more significant than the other and we wasted needless time arguing.


We took a moment to regroup and talked it out. Shortly after that, we both went outside to bring the trash and recycling bins back toward the house from the road from that day’s trash pickup.


My husband went back inside, but I stayed outside for about fifteen minutes. I needed some time to clear my head. I stood on our deck and closed my eyes for a few minutes, just breathing in the cool night air. Thankfully, it was in the forties and not twenty degrees like the previous day. I was still bundled up, but I enjoy being outside—even in the colder weather. There is something invigorating about fresh air.


When I opened my eyes a few minutes later, I saw that the moon was out. It had been hidden behind the clouds. I was about to take a photo, but then it moved back behind the clouds. I waited and then took the shot when the moon came into view again. In the fifteen minutes I was outside, the sky changed colors and I got four nice photographs.


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God Always Shows Up


In that moment, the moonlight illuminating the night sky was a healing balm to my soul.

I do not believe in coincidences. I believe in God incidences. He knew how long our argument was going to take and when I’d be up there on our deck. You may be thinking that I’m presumptuous in thinking that God cared enough for me to witness that beautiful site.


“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” – Luke 12:7 (NKJV)

However, if He knows the numbers of hair on my head, I know He cares about EVERYTHING that happens in my life. Even when my husband and I get into a stupid argument, when we should have communicated better.


God cares about you too. He will show up for you. It’s so easy for us to allow the circumstances and troubles of this life to take hold of us and make us lose our focus on what really matters.


In God’s eyes, relationships matter. You can read more about my thoughts on that issue in my article, Learning to Love Others Deeply as Christ Loves Us – Maneuvering Through Relationships Beyond Expectations to Reality. He wants us to continue to build godly relationships with all the people in our lives. As I was reminded of today, that can be difficult. Yet, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can maneuver through those relationships with love.


As Christians, we should be edifying those in the body of Christ, not tearing each other down. We need to speak the truth, but do it in love.


“Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” – Ephesians 4:13-17 (NKJV)

Regarding unbelievers, we need to use wisdom in how we speak and act toward them, always “redeeming the time.” We shouldn’t waste time in needless arguments or arguing political points. There is a place for such civil discourse. However, as a Christian, we need to focus on our mission—reaching the lost. We can’t do that if we are constantly viewing unbelievers as less than us, because they aren’t. God loves everyone. He sent Jesus to die for us all (John 3:16).


“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one”. – Colossians 4:5-6 (NKJV)

There is wisdom in the passage from Colossians that our speech should “always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”


I’m not preaching at you with that verse. I’m speaking to myself as well. It’s so important that we are gracious, always seeking to be a witness for the Lord. When we mess up, we need to embrace humility and apologize. That will help our witness, not hinder it. Lack of grace for both believers and unbelievers hinders our witness for Christ.


“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16 (NKJV)

We are the “salt of the earth” and a “light of the world” because Jesus lives in our hearts and the Holy Spirit empowers us to be a witness. We need to walk in humility. Admit when we’re wrong. Love others—and always bring the focus back to Jesus as the Savior of the world.

About the Author


Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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