Fireflies and faithful friends?
Don’t you love them? We watch and wait for them every summer. For me, fireflies and friends go together like barbeques, campfires, and boat rides around winding lakes that never seem to end. These are a few of my favorite things. Each has a way of taking my mind off the scorching heat. They remind me of carefree summer days when I rode my mountain bike through forbidden cornfields. We hiked and climbed waterfalls or waded through frigid streams till dusk. I’d pick roses and tiger lilies in fields that rolled on toward a fiery horizon. All was well in my world when presidential candidates and global news paled in comparison to the lure of the mystery of fireflies and faithful friends.
Maybe you’ve heard me say the most meaningful things in life aren’t so mysterious. Lately, long days in the salon or office suck the smile right off my face. I could blame the germ-fighting mask I’m wearing or the lack of social closeness, but it doesn’t matter. Things are different these days. Clients, friends, and family are suffering insurmountable losses. Money comes and goes. We can’t bring back the dead. Revelations regarding life’s unexpected twists and turns emerge when I look to heaven. All my riches are stored there. I believe it’s where life’s greatest mysteries will unfold. And so, today I am reminded to:
- Love deeper
- Laugh harder
- Share more time
- Treat people the way I hope to be treated
- Forgive as I hope to be forgiven
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and thieves do not break in and steal.Matthew 6:19-20 ESV
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.1 Corinthians 15:51 ESV
Friends and fireflies
A faithful friend is like your best umbrella. They will cover you and stand beside you in the rain. They’ll help us up when we fall. He or she will light the way when daylight fades, or we’re lost and afraid. Like fireflies illuminate the night with their heavenly glow, a true friend’s heart will be natural to know. Though rare, these friendships have the power to bring out the best in us—and may lead us to a closer relationship with God. In good times and bad, fellowship matters. Breaking bread with kindred spirits is like going to church—even if it’s in small groups or via Zoom or Facetime.
A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.Proverbs 27:9
Mysteriously free to be
Life isn’t about storing things that take up space in my basement or garage. The stress of wasting time sorting through stuff I haven’t used in decades overwhelms carefree souls like me. Instead, I want to give it all away. Simple pleasures like pulling weeds, reading a book out on the deck, bird-watching, talking to hummingbirds and deer, or seeing our dogs and grandchildren run amuck through a soaking lawn sprinkler make better uses of my time any day.
Like facial serums, these things fill my soul and soften my smile—While I’m not thrilled I’m alone in my nature-loving endeavors most of the time, it’s who I am. Communion with God’s Holy Spirit matters to me. This counseling helper sends fireflies and faithful friends to light even the darkest summer nights. I’m thankful he calls me friend too. I’m mysteriously free to be. And this means so much more to me these days.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you may have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.John 16:33 ESV
Light of the world
God promised us friendship, unconditional love, and abundant life—if we believe and endure in his way until the end. We expect abundance and think joy is the absence of sorrow. God endured the fall of man and angels, and the death of his son, Jesus, who became flesh and bone and blood only to carry my (and your) sins to a horrific cross. . . All this, so we could live as friends till no end. You may ask, “Is this what grace looks like? How can it be so ugly?”
My answer will never waiver. Grace, like joy, is not the absence of sorrow. It’s the gift of unending tomorrows.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12 ESV
In these times of health crisis, social unrest, or political upheaval, there’s still a way we can each change the world. We can choose to be counted as examples who live and practice what the Bible teaches and Jesus Christ preached.
His Father, God, calls us to honor every life, be givers of grace and mercy, and to also be like his son, Jesus: The only light in this dark world. We must stand as men and women of integrity. Love all people unconditionally.
What if we stop listening to news media for a day and look up for answers from the one who hung the stars in the sky and called them by name? He knows our fears, concerns, and sorrows. In him, we can understand some of the deepest mysteries of life…and maybe even a little bit about the mystery of fireflies and faithful friends.
Has a friend ever let you down? Have you ever thought about the mysteries of fireflies and faithful friends? Please don’t forget to join the conversation here in the Inspire A Fire comments section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
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