I slipped outside the other evening to get a better view of a brilliant sunset I could see through our front porch windows. As I stepped off the porch onto our walkway, I suddenly found myself surrounded by dozens of tiny, silent fireflies, all flitting and dancing about me, lighting up brightly and almost in unison with each other. I stood there transfixed, mesmerized, by these small wonders floating about me, and all up and down our driveway and across the yard. The sunset still illuminated the sky with soft oranges, reds, and purples, and the whole scene of light afar, and little lights up close, was captivating. I stood there silent, not wanting to ruin or even leave the moment.
So often in our frenzied, stress-filled, anxious days, we miss the small wonders God has placed all around us, to remind us of His presence, His purpose, His provision in our lives. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1) He is Creator of all, of brilliant sunsets and floating fireflies. As we learn to focus less on our ever-changing moods and circumstances, and more on the God who created us, who loves us, and who sent His Son to pay for our redemption and restoration, we will again be refreshed and renewed by His presence. And just to remind us lest we forget, He may grab your attention with some small wonder, to lift your eyes off yourself, and up toward Him.