Holidays can come with a lot of stress. Finding the coolest costume for Halloween, gifts for Christmas and Valentines Day, and having enough food for the whole family for Thanksgiving. What I love about the 4th of July is how relaxing the day is. Whether you go to the park for a picnic or the beach for a swim the day is spent leisurely, and ends in a big fireworks show.
On Wednesday I hosted some friends at my apartment on the 4th of July. I live right where Macy’s Fireworks are displayed. Since I live so close to the barge, we were able to stay in my apartment eating and playing card games in the air conditioning. Then 30 minutes before the fireworks went off; we walked outside and around to this concrete courtyard. As we were sitting on blankets watching the fantastic fireworks, I saw a firefly in the air. It was like the fireflies were their own firework show.
During this stunning display of fireworks, I had this moment of overwhelming gratitude. I felt so blessed for the amazing friends in my life and how they are such a fantastic support system and giving as people. I felt so fortunate that we got to all watch the fireworks in New York City together. Have you ever had one of those introspective moments? Where everything is going well, and you feel so thankful? That is exactly what I was feeling.
Then like I do I had this thought about fireworks versus a firefly moments. Let me explain. In life, we have these moments of gratitude when everything is going well. It’s a firework moment. I had this firework moment when I recently graduated from college. I was in a show, I was honored with an award of distinction, and I graduated college. I felt big moments of gratitude after every single one of these moments. They are probably going to be the moments that I remember about college down the road. They are my firework moments.
We tend to look for and expect the firework moments in life such as graduating from college, getting married, getting a fantastic job, traveling, or having a baby. Film and Television also highlight these moments in life. We are expectant of these milestones. Any of those moments are significant moments that make us stop and want to celebrate and be grateful. It’s the moments in life when we are doing the 20-page paper or working over hours for the promotion or losing someone to an illness that can be more challenging to find the firework moments.
Instead, we need to find more of the firefly moments, the smaller moments of gratitude. During the good and bad times in our lives, we need to find the goodness in the day to day. It’s not always easy. I think we are trained to see the firework moments and miss the fireflies. Have you ever witnessed the fireflies at dusk in the summer? It’s pretty magical even if it is only one firefly. When we are in a season of trails we need to take those moments to breathe and think of what went well that day. Even if the moment was when someone opened a door for you, or that you had a good conversation with a stranger or your drink at Starbucks was free because these are the firefly moments.
It is so easy to go through day to day life and miss the daily blessings especially in a time when people are continually moving to the next task. I want to challenge you to find a break in your day to breathe and think of a something that went well that can be your firefly moment. Do this right in the middle of your day. Set a reminder on your phone or do it with a coworker.
Our God is the God of both the firefly and firework moments. He is not leaving us. He is going to support us no matter the season we are going through. As I wrote about in my first blog take the time, you need in your season. Take the time to find gratitude. I think you will be surprised by the number of firefly moments in your life.
I’ll leave you with these two verses:
“Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s Praise, for He has been good to me.”
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”