I cannot remember ever seeing them before we moved here,
Except in books,
Though perhaps it’s that I just never noticed.
But now I sit and watch
The darkness has settled a cool blanket over the world,
And the music of frogs and crickets fills the air.
I can never seem to guess where they will be,
But I delight each time I see their fierce and lovely blaze.
One draws close.
I watch as he hovers silently –
Then suddenly he blazes from within
A burst of light.
A few moments later he glows again
And a little further on still another blaze.
It is like my own life –
When I hold tight to the Lord,
The source of all light,
I can burn bright,
Light seeping from a broken clay jar,
Lit from within,
Light in the darkness.
And yet I can’t always seem to keep shining,
Especially when I lean on my own strength
Instead of His.
But each bright flash,
I find myself a little further
On my journey Home,
As long as I let God lead me.
May we all learn to shine God’s light within –
Brighter, surer, steadier.
Not on bioluminescence
Nor our own feeble efforts
But rather an utter surrender to the Light Himself.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~ John 1:5
For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness. ~ Psalm 18:28