I woke last Sunday evening at about 1AM. It was Easter Sunday evening, the day Jesus is supposed to have risen from the dead. The moon was shining into my bedroom, onto my face with as much light as a high powered torch. It was a full moon and I could easily have read a book by it.
The bed is positioned with my head about 8 feet from the window. The curtain was closed and the angle was acute such that the moon stayed like that only for about 10 minutes before rotating out of sight. It’s never happened before.
I had just turned 33, the same age Jesus was when he died. Yikes!
So why is this note worthy? Well in today’s fast paced world I’m surrounded by technology yet I still find I’m fairly superstitious in some things. It struck me that in days gone by, even as recent as 50-60 years ago, in rural Ireland, such an event might have been viewed as having some significance.
What are the chances that the sky would be clear, the moon be full, that there be no leaves on the trees outside, that it would shine in at just the right angle and that I would wake on the morning of my birthday?
Maybe it meant something, maybe it didn’t but it’s as close to a "sign" of something as I’ve had of late. As with many things lately, the issue is not noticing it but understanding what it means.