Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Good morning. It is Monday, August 23, 2021
One of my favorite places, if not thee favorite place on earth, is the south Oregon coast. Now do not get me wrong…I am not a world traveler. I honestly have not seen many places on earth, but in my small corner of the world, it is my favorite. Ranking right up there with favorite place to go is the Redwoods. Lucky for me the Redwoods meet the sea in Crescent City California. They literally butt right up to the coast in several places in Northern California.
I have been to the coast when the wind was so strong, it sent sand painfully pelting into my bare legs. I have sat silently in the vehicle with Wendell in the pouring down rain, just watching the waves crash. We sat in our favorite upstairs restaurant and watched it snow on the beach. I have walked the beach, slept on the beach, found rocks and sea glass and driftwood. I have built bonfires and forts and sandcastles. I have dug my feet in the sand and I have buried bodies (up to their necks) ;0) I have walked along the shoreline by the light of the moon. And I have explored rocks and sea creatures at low tide. I have laid in bed and watched the stars and slept with the door open so I could hear the waves. I love the coast. Wendell and I used to go often over the years. There is something very ‘magical’ about the water and wind. It has a very real impact on me.
But not once have I stood at the water’s edge and contemplated the role the moon was playing at that very moment. Never have I seen a low tide and made a direct correlation to the moon. But the moon plays a vital role.
Did you see the full moon last night or early this morning? It was gorgeous! There is something very special about that bright light. When you look at the moon do you think much about the affect it is having on Earth?
The Moon is Earth's only proper natural satellite. At one-quarter the diameter of Earth, about the width of Australia, it is the largest natural satellite in the Solar System relative to the size of its planet, and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System overall. Source: Wikipedia
238,855 miles. That is how far the earth is from the moon. For a bit of comparison, if you traveled on foot, in a straight line around the earth, you would walk approximately 24,900 miles. You would need to circle the earth close to 10 times to equal the distance of the moon from us.
And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. - Genesis 1:16-18 ESV
So many miles from us and yet such vital importance. Creator God, is His wisdom and power, designed the moon to do more than simply light up our night. It does more than mark seasons and months. It causes a gravitational force that causes the tides to rise and fall on earth’s oceans. Even large lakes such as the Great Lakes have tides. They are very small, but the moon is playing a part.
Tides are so predictable and reliable that you can set your watch by it. All fishermen should know how to read Tide Tables.
“Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the Lord of hosts is his name.” Jeremiah 31:35 ESV
Predicting tides has always been important to people who look to the sea for their livelihood. Commercial and recreational fishermen use their knowledge of the tides and tidal currents to help them improve their catches. Depending on the species and water depth in a particular area, fish may concentrate during ebb or flood tidal currents. In some areas, strong tidal currents concentrate bait and smaller fish, attracting larger fish. In addition, knowledge of the tides has also been of interest to recreational beachgoers and surfers. Source: NOAA
Do you know who is credited with first recognizing tides on a scientific basis? Isaac Newton in 1686.
All this to say, think about power behind this! Think about the majesty! Think about creation week when Jesus spoke the moon into existence. He spoke and it was so! What a powerful, thoughtful, loving God!
Psalm chapter 8 begins AND ends with, “how excellent is your name is all the earth.”
“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens!...When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet…O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!”
Isaiah was writing about our future, a time when the earth is made new, in Isaiah 66:22-23
“For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the Lord.” - English Standard Version
Next time you stand at the ocean’s edge, reflect on the tide and the moon and the incredible motion that God set up at the beginning of earth’s history, for us. It is there for us!