Fireflies and the Presence of God


One of my favorite, and also least favorite, things to do when I was a kid was to go outside at night and catch fireflies or lightning bugs.  It was great to see them all light up at different times inside of my jar.  The only down side was that they made my hands stink.  That’s why it was also one of my least favorite things to do.

A couple weeks ago I was spending some time with the Lord and He showed me a picture.  The picture He showed me was a firefly.  I felt the Lord begin to press something important on my heart.

The light a lightning bug produces is small and alone it can only light up a small area.  However, get hundreds of lightning bugs together and you will see a much larger area lit up.

We are the light of Jesus and we are commanded to take that light into a dark world.  Alone we can certainly light up an area and bring change of some kind to our immediate surroundings.  But there is certainly power in numbers and when the church stands united in Christ large areas of darkness can be changed to light.  I believe Jesus spoke some to this principle when He taught when two or more are gathered He is in our midst (Matt 18:20).

A week or so after the Lord showed me this I had the opportunity to see it in action.  I am the only believer at my fire station.  I do believe that some change has happened as a result of the light shinning through me but it is a pretty dark environment.  Now we have another believer at our station temporarily and I have seen a pretty amazing difference.

The atmosphere around the station is changing in ways that some might not see but are obvious to me.  A marked improvement in purity and holiness has caught my attention.  The change is because there are now two lights in a very dark area where there used to only be one.  We are praying together every shift and doing our best to let the light shine through us and God is being faithful.

Most will notice a single firefly light up in the dark.  However, most will stand in awe when hundreds light up together and then will be drawn to investigate.  Again, there are times God can bring amazing change through a single light but there are also times that the power of darkness is so great that a unified body of believers is needed to bring the desired change.  There are many examples of single people who challenged very dark areas and failed miserably.

We must put aside petty differences and stand together in our love for Jesus to advance the kingdom of God.  Pray that God would send you help in whatever dark place you find yourself in.  If there are other believers, engage them and pray together.  Let your lights shine bright!

Please leave your comments below including any testimonies of the light of Jesus bringing change!


Jesse and Kara Birkey






The Formerly Broken Toe!

We were responding to a woman with an injury.  As a firefighter/paramedic, I respond to a lot of those types of calls so there was no anxiety coursing through me at all.  My focus was on something different.

The night before I had listened to some testimonies of people praying over the sick and injured, seeing them healed.  I have prayed over the sick and injured before but I wanted God to give me some extra help.  I asked God to let me know without a doubt that this woman we were about to meet was a believer.  I wanted that assurance before I prayed for her.

We arrived on scene and entered the house.  The woman was on her feet but hopping on one foot.  She hoped over to us.  Her face was twisted in pain.  She told us that she banged her toe on one of her door jams.  I asked her how she did that.  She told me that she was dancing to Christian worship music and wasn’t paying attention to where she was going.

Did you know that there is no prayer that’s to small or unimportant to God?  I asked Him for assurance and He gave it to me.  Amazing!  I could see that her toe was deformed and obviously broken.  We helped her onto the stretcher and into the rescue (ambulance).  On the way to the hospital I asked her if I could pray for her.

Her eyes teared up and she said, “absolutely”.  I prayed for her and for God to heal her toe.  There was no change but I knew I did what God wanted me to do.  She began to tell me all about how she was a brand new Christian and how blessed she was to having another Christian taking care of her.  What a testimony of how much God loves us!

We dropped her off at the hospital and a couple of hours later I was back with another patient.  On my way out I stopped to check on my Christian toe lady.  She was about ready to leave.  I asked her about the toe.  She told me that the x-rays came back negative and that the doctor couldn’t believe it.  The toe was no longer broken!  This event is another anchor for me of faith and hope in the ability of God.  He loves us so much!  Be bold and you will see God do bold things!

What have you seen God do in your boldness?

Jesse Birkey