Today was hot and stifling to say the least. I waited for the sun to go down and the south wind to pick up before setting out on an evening walk with the dogs. As a wife, mother of 4, and church secretary I not only coveted the quiet time, but my heart was set on this appointment with God and finding rest.
The night sky was clear and displayed a multitude of stars, however, another light source caught my attention. Not because these creatures hadn’t been there each summer prior, but because I had never taken the time to pause and notice them before. FIREFLIES! Thousands of them randomly darting through the heavy night air. Flitting whimsically against the dark foliage and heavy canopy of trees. Even the dogs were being beckoned to play along with them. My two buddies tugged energetically at their leashes eager to slip away by chance I wasn’t paying attention (again.)
Watching the creativity of God play out, I thought to myself “What a spectacular yet simple gift!!!. Why hadn’t I appreciated this before now?” I’m 40 years old and here I am feeling the thrill of FIREFLIES!? I began to praise God for His creation thinking on Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” This intriguing night display caused me to investigate the reason behind the calculated flashing on their part. In the nutshell of my limited research it appears that their intermittent illuminations are used for communication necessary to their existence. From alluring a mate to warning a predator and many things in between. My first memories of summer date back to 1979 and I’d never questioned the FIREFLY?
Working through a sense of chagrin I vowed tonight to begin taking pauses daily to notice and praise God for his work of creation around me. I soaked in the wonderment of this occasion and walked even longer than planned, losing track of time, caught up in the beauty of my God.
I finally turned onto the old brick street that lead to my home. I had to watch my steps carefully on this stretch because the way is quite uneven. Every now and then an antique brick has loosened and protrudes, taking my gait by surprise. Thankful for Street lamps lighting my path, I thought about how God’s Word is a faithful lamp unto our feet. Then with a still small voice I began in childlike manner singing, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” From fireflies to the provision of well-planned street lamps the theme of LIGHT in a DARK world inspired me to take a deeper reflection tonight.
As the firefly flits and flutters communicating to the world around it, it too is my desire to be a light of Christ in the world around me; communicating the great joy and need of knowing personally the Creator of all things. God has purposed my life to shine brightly in a dark world, to communicate the wonder of His glory and broadcast the honor due Him; to share the good news of Jesus Christ with anyone willing for just a moment to pause and take heed. Led by His Spirit and enabled by His power, I am a light of Christ! And so are you!
How has God orchestrated things in your life to be a Light for His glory? My charge to you today, Sister in Christ, is twofold…take time to pause and notice Him and be in awe and second is, “Let you light shine in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Lord, I want to be a light to the world. Give me words. Give me love. Give me peace. In the days that we live in, I want to glorify You in all I do and say. So, Lord, make me like the fireflies so that I can communicate with all around me of your glorious grace. Amen.