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Monday, June 1, 2009
Catching Fireflies - 1
Patsy Clairmont: “I can still feel the same tummy-giggle at the sight of lightening bugs that dotted the landscape with magic. Those pinpoint flashes sent us kids dashing down the hill to capture them in our glass jars. Then we would line up the jars on the picnic table, creating a row of luminous lanterns. Oh, how they glowed!” Patsy goes on to talk about going to sleep with the fireflies next to her bed and having ‘firefly’ dreams…then she talks about how God uses dreams to speak to us - like the one given to a lady who had never even heard of Patsy Clairmont – to tell her that “God has Not forgotten Her.” Patsy goes on, “My friend, God has not forgotten you. He knows your sorrow, your troubles, your finances, your fears, and your dreams – and He has not forgotten you. He promises to redeem our hardships for good. Sometimes we think that if God doesn’t fix or change our struggles, then He must have forgotten us. Nothing could be further from the truth. … A life of faith involves seeing past what’s happening today and believing in God’s redemptive care in our tomorrows.
‘I Know that You can do all things, and that
no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.’ – Job 42:2
Five Luminous Lanterns to help us during our night to know that God hasn’t forgotten us:
1. Be Still 2. Listen 3. Believe 4. Discern 5. Accept
Be attentive when it’s the darkest, for that’s when lightening bugs do their best work…and nothing fans faith’s imagination like the dance of a firefly!
Faithbooking Prompts [Questions from the book]:
• Did your childhood sparkle with fireflies?
• What important dreams have you had?
• What do you tend to do when you don’t know what to do?
• When have the heavens seemed silent to you?