Saturday, June 24, 2006

Night lights of summer
I sat in awe and wonder as I watched the tiny night lights that sparkle like dazzling diamonds against the black velvet of the night sky. The dance of the fireflies captures my attention even though I am no longer a child. They are fascinating creatures and I cannot help but think that God created them for our enjoyment. There are over 136 different kinds of fireflies and you can tell the difference by the patterns of their lights. It is only the males that we see up in air displaying their lights and strutting their best moves in hopes to catch the female’s eye. The females in turn stay close to the ground and their patterns of light are the same and so if they are interested in they will flash a message back to the eager males. And so they will follow the rituals of their mating dance.

There are some naughty female fireflies that will mimic the lights of another species and the male will fall quickly into her trap; and instead of the delights of the mating rituals he is quickly gobbled up for a midnight snack instead.

My favorite scene of these tiny twinkling creatures is when they seem to be hanging over the fields like a blanket of Christmas tree lights. I cannot help but think of the verses from this Psalm

“9 Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously." 11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; 12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD. 13 For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with His truth.”
Psalms 96:9-13 (NKJV)

1 comment:

Mom and Dad said...

Dear Michelle,

I didn't know some of this information about the Fire Flies. It was very interesting and I enjoyed reading about them too. Dad will have to read this when he comes back home again.

We love you very much.

Love always, Mom and Dad xoxo