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One Firefly Night

Last night, just after dusk, I sat on the back porch taking in the sounds of nature. There were a few crickets and some bird who didn’t know not to sing after sun down. It was all garden variety, until my eye caught a green blink…blink…blink. A firefly!

Hyper-focused, I tried to guess where the micro flash would come next. Over by the storage shed, near the silhouette of a tree, surely this little guy has company!

But there was only one. A single firefly blinked a few times. And then it was gone.

A one firefly night.

It happened so fast, I didn’t get the chance to share it with anyone. I ran inside to tell my wife, “Sweetheart, I just saw a firefly. ONE firefly! I think I’ll name him Frosty.”

“Frosty?”, she said.

“Yes, after Robert Frost. You know, the poet who wrote, Nothing Gold Can Stay?

I then quoted, unprompted, one of my favorite poems:

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

A single lightning bug–arguably, the most beautiful but fragile of God’s creatures, lives in the words of a famous poet, but also in the heart’s cry of Psalm 43.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 43:5

Nothing Gold Can Stay.

The scripture, the poem, and the firefly: each say life is GUARANTEED to change. It’s beyond our total control; all one can do is prepare for the inevitable.

Depressing? Perhaps. The free acceptance of an unknown future CAN be.

But you and I know who holds the future.

Put your hope in God; for I will yet praise Him.

This post first appeared on my blog in June of 2019. But, would you believe, the same thing happened the other night?! One firefly appeared in my back yard, blinked a time or two, and then was gone.

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Notifications Silenced

I expected an important call earlier this week, so I turned my phone off vibrate. The call came and went.

Later, that same day, I kept hearing a peculiar sound: “Buh-ding!” What’s that and where’s it coming from?

It was my phone telling me I had a message. I hear it so seldom I didn’t know what it was!

Remember the Bible story about young Samuel, who ministered before the Lord under Eli the priest?

In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.

1 Samuel 3:1 (NIV)

The Israelites had their notifications from God silenced.

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

1 Samuel 3:7 (NIV)

The young prophet-to-be was off vibrate—tuned in to God— but when he heard the heavenly equivalent of “Buh-ding!” he didn’t know what it was. Yet later, after Eli clued Samuel in to the unique sound of a “Most High” phone on full alert, the Bible says this:

The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.

1 Samuel 3:19 (NIV)

Kind reader, whether our spiritual phones are on vibrate or going “Buh-ding!” all day long, the most important thing is to never turn them off completely.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ Prayers and love.

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God Doesn’t Break Toys

The young boy in my music class pounded the tambourine on the floor. This was after I’d demonstrated to everyone how to properly play our classroom instruments.

Visibly frustrated, I confiscated the instrument and commented (in jest): “If you break this tambourine, I’m coming to your house and breaking one of your toys.” The offender gazed at me blankly. However, another little boy spoke up matter of factly.

“God doesn’t do bad things. He doesn’t break toys.”

Five Year Old Super Sage

My little friend had me there. I sheepishly admitted to everyone that he was right and I was wrong.


Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

Psalm 89:14 (NIV)

God is indeed right and fair and loving and faithful, yet we are prone to blame Him when bad things happen in this world.

For example, I know someone who lost faith in God after her father died during a routine medical procedure. She feels her dad’s life was taken; how could a loving God allow this?

Truly, this is a tragic situation. But is God really to blame? Perhaps it makes more sense for my friend not to believe in doctors.

So, where is God when terrible, evil, and incomprehensible things happen? He’s in the same place He was when His only son’s life was taken: on the throne.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️


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Portions of this post are from an earlier offering, back in May 2020.