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






Walking With Jesus, A Vision

I was walking with Jesus and He told me to look up and asked me what I saw.  I saw a starry night that was completely clear where I was looking straight up.  I told Jesus what I saw.  Then I widened my view and saw that there were dark clouds surrounding the patch of clear sky I had been looking at.

The Lord told me that as I walk with Him the dark and stormy clouds are broken through to reveal clear sky.  But He told me that if I take my eyes off of Him the dark clouds will come together quickly.  As we moved forward the patch of clear sky moved with us and stayed right over our heads.

The Lord said, “I am the light.  I am your lamp.  If you look at me you will see me.  If you can’t see me you aren’t looking at me.  I won’t hide myself from you if you are seeking me.  I will never leave or abandon you.  Even in the grip of sin my light shines bright for you.  There is no darkness that can stand next to my light.  I am the light of the world and darkness flees every time.”

Then I had this line from a well-known song pressed on my heart.  “My hope is found in nothing less than Jesus Christ my righteousness……On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”

There have been times in my life when the clouds had surrounded me and I couldn’t see God.  What I sense the Lord is saying here is that it wasn’t because He had left me.  It was because I wasn’t looking at Him.  I took my eyes off of Jesus and put them on the storm clouds.  As those clouds rained hopelessness, dread, anxiety and other things on me, I would begin to sink.

But Jesus is always there with His hand stretched out to rescue us just like He was there when Peter began to sink.  He doesn’t leave and He won’t refuse to shine for us.  He says, “seek me and you will find me” (Jer 29:13) and also “I will be with you wherever you go (Josh 1:9).”

I believe this vision is for all of us.  There is so much pain and tragedy in the world but the light of Jesus shines brighter.  Can you see Him?  Are you looking at Him?  How has His light shined brighter than the darkness of your tragedies?

Jesse and Kara Birkey