Lynn caught a glimpse of the night through the patio doors and gasped. “What’s that?”
I looked, curious what caught my best friend’s attention. I watched where she pointed and laughed. “Those are lightning bugs, silly. Haven’t you ever seen them?”
“We don’t have those in Washington.”
Our nine-year-old neighbor passed through just then and her eyes grew big and her mouth dropped open. “No lightning bugs? You mean you’ve never caught lightning bugs before?”
“No, Maddie, never.”
The next night at twilight we crossed the yard, hand-in-hand. The lightning bugs flashed in front of us, not worried we were so close. I caught the first and put it on Lynn’s arm. She watched it crawl clear up her finger and then flitter away.
I went on another quest. I followed the twinkling with my eyes and then when I went to grab it, the twinkle disappeared. I scooped along the grass until I gave up and chased another unsuspecting creature.
We played this game until Lynn dropped to her rear and lay down. Of course I plopped down close beside her. We watched the sky grow darker and the lights from the bugs grow brighter. Lynn lay there mesmerized and I was equally mesmerized as I watched her enjoy something I’d grown used to.
We both rolled over and watched from belly level as they flew above and all around us. We decided the only reason God made lightning bugs was so we could watch and enjoy. And watch and enjoy we did. The fireworks on the 4th of July dulled in comparison to God’s light display, especially since I shared it with my best friend ever.
So many times darkness is related to evil. God created the dark just like He created the light. Evil rears its head in the daytime as much as at night. Sometimes it’s more that our imaginations take over in the dark. That’s when the boogeyman makes his appearance in the parts of our mind that remain child-like.
Darkness brings with it the bright moon and crickets. It also draws out animals that make strange noises that sound like monkeys and other rainforest type sounds in our Illinois yard. The dark also makes an awesome backdrop for fireworks, fun games of hide-and-seek, and snipe hunting.
When we walk in the light we have nothing to fear. God is with us continually. He knows what scares us and shines a tiny bit of light in the dark sky to squish those irrational fears.
As we hauled our middle-aged bums off the nighttime grass, only a little embarrassed that my husband may have seen our silliness, we once again held hands and giggled our way to the house. Both of us were happy to have spent this time together as we watched God’s creation shine out in the darkness.
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