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Faith Like Fireflies

On warm summer nights, I lay in bed beneath my cool sheets, next to warm husband and a snoring pug, and I wait for the appearance of the fireflies. My bay window comes to life with their lights as the fireflies appear first one, then another, then several. They arrive just a few feet from where my head rests on my pillow and I end my day enchanted by their light and presence.

I’ve always been delighted by fireflies. When I was a child, I’d sit impatiently on the wooden swing in our yard, my gaze fixed on the nearby woods, waiting for the charming creatures to flicker and enchant me with their warm glow. I was (and still am) captivated by these “bugs” who were lights. I had an ardent affection for fireflies that were to me, magical…

Like most children, I captured them in a jar, a few at a time. Then I’d kindly poke holes in the lid so they could sufficiently breathe and I’d watch with great expectancy for their incandescent light to flood the jar, as if they possessed a soft switch to turn their illumination on then off then back on.

Let Your Light So Shine, Melanie Pickett

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Invariably, I would be mesmerized out there in the dark by nature’s nightlights, but a pang of guilt would jab at me, and I knew it was time to wish them good night. I’d open the jar and let the fireflies escape into the night. I knew they weren’t meant just for me. I couldn’t be the only one to bask in their glow. They wouldn’t be happy encased in a jar, I reasoned. I couldn’t be that selfish, to them or to the world who must surely also love them as I did. They were wild like lightning and didn’t belong in my custody. They were to be shared.

I thought of this as I watched them last night and how fireflies are like our faith.  Jesus is the Light.  He is the hope we have, the promise of good things ahead, the strength that we need for all we face, comfort when it’s needed, our Father. He is all we will ever need. And if we know this, we can’t keep it a secret. We can’t put Jesus in a jar and keep Him all to ourselves to be put on a shelf to be a selfish feast for our eyes only.

Jesus and the steadfastness of His word need to be shared. We need to be salt and light, willing to share all that we know with others who also need the assurance, restoration, and redemption He provides. I had to ask myself: do I keep my faith to myself and am I satisfied not to share it? Or do I have faith like fireflies and do I endeavor to spread the Good News and be light to others?

Be the light,

Melanie Pickett Flying Blonde

 

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:14

 


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61 Comments

  • Reply Nichole aka CuppaGeek August 3, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Beautifully written! Just gorgeous!

  • Reply Hiba Boutari August 3, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Your writing is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post.
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  • Reply Lisa August 3, 2015 at 8:04 am

    There is something so magical about fireflies!

  • Reply andi August 3, 2015 at 8:25 am

    beautiful – never looked at it that way 😀
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  • Reply Laura Padgett August 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Thank you my friend. This is a great analogy. I am so thankful to you know and to learn from you in your posts. Many, many blessings today and of course, tonight. Luv ya, laura
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com August 4, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Laura, that means so very much to me. I’m so very thankful to know you and to be able to read your beautiful writing! Love ya!

  • Reply Laura Padgett August 3, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Sorry luv. That was supposed to be to know you. Early morning in Colorado and I guess I could use some fireflies. he, he.
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  • Reply Matilda August 3, 2015 at 9:19 am

    These are beautiful words Melanie. We usually want to keep what we love to ourselves but we get more when we share that special part of us. Jesus cannot be bottled up; i agree with u.
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  • Reply Lizzy Hill August 3, 2015 at 10:54 am

    What a beautiful post! It is so true that we many times get caught up in the holding on to Jesus. We must share Him with the world though!
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  • Reply Gena August 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    What an encouragement this is and a beautiful analogy with the fireflies. I pray that I am a light to others, the light that Jesus shines through me.
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  • Reply Shingai from Kamiliko August 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    This is beautiful, thank you or the reminder…

  • Reply Ashley August 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Beautifully written, Melanie. I too am entranced by fireflies. As my children run after them, I find myself searching for them, reaching out to catch them, too. I love the way you circled it all back, reminding us of something, no, Someone so much bigger than it all. Thank you for the reminder, the commission, and for the lovely way you wrapped it all together.
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  • Reply Amy Dowling August 3, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Beautiful illustration. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Reply MArissa August 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Love how fireflies brought this to mind for you. I’m also amazed at how much God gives us to share with others, as long as remember to listen more and talk more while we grow in friendships that will allow more discussion on our Amazing Creator

    Marissa

  • Reply Jelli August 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    What a beautiful summertime reminder! Now everytime I see fireflies I’ll be thinking about sharing the light of the Gospel.
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  • Reply Mary Collins August 3, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    What a lovely post, Melanie. Indeed, we need to have faith like fireflies and be the light in this dark world. Amen!
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  • Reply Brandi @ penguinsinpink.com August 3, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    This is so beautiful. I love fireflies too. They are so fascinating. We need to let our light shine just like the fireflies. I just reference Matthew 5:16 in my blog post today too.
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com August 4, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Brandi, how cool that we both had the same verse on our hearts and in our blog posts! 🙂

  • Reply Megan @ Wit & Wander August 4, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I love this so much. Thank you for sharing your heart this evening. It was exactly what I needed to hear!
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  • Reply Jonathan Key August 4, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Love fireflies! What a beautiful reminder to be a light in a dark world.
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  • Reply Caroline @ In Due Time August 4, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Thanks for this reminder – I love the analogy! It’s so important that we are constantly the light as for some people it is all the only way they will see Jesus!
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  • Reply Cheryl Lutz August 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Melanie,
    You brought back lovely childhood memories which your descriptive story about fireflies. I love how you tied in the light of Christ. The Lord has really been moving in my heart to share Jesus and His Word.
    Blessings!
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  • Reply Marie with spreading-joy.org August 4, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I love this and love that verse – Matthew 5:16 – It’s my life verse – to let my light shine so that people will see Jesus in me, that is why I love spreading Joy – God’s Joy.
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  • Reply Cindy August 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Beautifully written. I cannot agree more with your words. Sometimes its nice to think that the light we have been given should just be ours, but really we need to share it with everyone. Thank you for this wonderful and your encouraging words.
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  • Reply GinaB @ Mirror Watching August 4, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    I had no idea where you were going with the fireflies but I was happy to go. I enjoyed the flow of your writing and the final introspective destination.
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  • Reply Karen August 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve always loved fireflies too. I went easily with your analogy… and saw the light of the fireflies taking off into the darkness. Just like us… spreading out to carry our light into a darkened world. Thanks Melanie! I’ll be thinking about that when I’m out in the garden at dusk for sure!
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  • Reply Amy Hagerup August 5, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Melanie, I was just watching some fireflies last night while I was watering our grass. What a great lesson to be reminded of how often we need to be sharing our faith – like the fireflies sharing their lights. Thanks for this.
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  • Reply Thomas Ives August 6, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Fireflies are amazing and used to catch them also. Great memories. Really like how you brought the 2 together.

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com August 11, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Thomas, they’re very cool, almost fairy-like creatures. I’m so glad God created them. 🙂

  • Reply Robbi August 7, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Simply lovely. Growing up in the south with fireflies (although we called them lightening bugs), this was a beautiful picture I really appreciated! Thanks for sharing.
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  • Reply Ariella August 8, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I love what you are writing about this insect. So sweet. Here in the Netherlands we haven’t them but I understand the lesson you want to share with us … 🙂
    Beautiful pictures.
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  • Reply Emmeline Cox August 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for this touching message and metaphor for faith. I want to have faith like fireflies, though sometimes I forget and try to hide my faith. It’s time to let Jesus shine through my life.
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  • Reply Samantha August 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve always loved fireflies too! Your description of how they appear at your window each night – sounds so perfect. Loved your analogy about fireflies and how we too must share the Light we’ve been given, now more than ever as the world gets darker.

  • Reply Kimberly August 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Love the analogy of fireflies. We must dare to be light even in the absence of it.
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