One of the things that most campers will likely remember about me is my obsession with fireflies. Before this summer I had never seen a firefly. At most of the camps that I went to this summer, however, there we tons of fireflies. Upon seeing a firefly I would, without fail, stop whatever I was doing and stop and stare at them.
Fireflies are fascinating to me. Not only are the beautiful and scientifically fascinating, but this summer I used them as a metaphor for God in my life. When something good
happens in your life, it is easy to see God in your life, such as when a firefly lights up. However, it is much more difficult to see God in your life when we are going through times of struggle, though God is there nonetheless. To me this was represented through the times when a firefly was not lit up. The metaphor may be simple, but is truly reminded me that not only that I am never alone, but of the beauty of God’s creation.
This idea of God being with us in our struggles is represented in the poem “Footprints in the Sand,” by Mary Stevenson:
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints.
Other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life
When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord, “You promised me, Lord,
That if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
There have only been one set of prints in the sand.
Why, When I have needed you most, you have not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints
Is when I carried you.”
May the God of Peace and the Peace of God be with you always.