I recently sold my house. It took almost two long years! I no longer wanted to be a homeowner and I’m too old to be the maintenance person. There were many tears and pleading conversations with God during this process. Thankfully, He was and is very patient with me and He taught me much about patience and trust and His good timing with this experience.
When my house sold, I moved into an apartment. I now have a maintenance person. When something goes wrong, I make a call and it’s fixed. I love it!
During the process of trying to sell my house, I did say that the two things I would miss would be my garage and my backyard. I do miss my garage when it rains but it’s not so bad. However, there are carports available and I plan to rent one in the winter months.
As for the backyard, the one at my house was small with a privacy fence and no grass. Because the houses were close together I had no good view of the sky or any of God’s magnificent creation other than an occasional bird. I don’t believe I saw one lightning bug in the ten years I lived there. It was very closed in. I didn’t think I would have a yard at my apartment, but let me show you what God gave to me:
This is the view from my patio in the middle of Lexington, KY. Amazing isn’t it. Even more amazing to this girl who loves being near water is a small creek just beyond the trees with flowing water. I’ve seen cardinals, squirrels, blue jays, wrens, robins, ducks, and other assorted critters every day. It’s wonderful.
The last few nights when I’ve taken my dog outside I’ve been treated to a fireworks show. I tried to take a picture but my phone camera wasn’t up to the task, so I found a photo online that closely portrays the view.
The first night I was treated to this display I was transported back to my childhood. I relived the evening sights and sounds as we neighborhood kids played kick the can or trail until dark. I recalled catching lightning bugs in a jar (with holes in the lid of course!) that I would free right after Mom called us in. It was such a sweet memory given to me by a Father who loves surprising His child.
The next night God led my thoughts in a different direction. I began thinking about creation, about the variety of species and colors and smells and sounds and sights there are in our world. And people think this is by chance? How can you behold the magnificence that is this world and believe it just happened? If all life evolved from one small molecule or whatever it is they say, why isn’t all life the same? It makes no sense to me. The variety and precision found in nature is testimony to the very existence of a Creator. And if a Creator cared enough to create such a splendid place, He cares enough to provide for and take care of the created.
So the next time you glimpse a lightning bug let it remind you of the Creator who loves you so much that He brings precious memories into your life. And let it remind you to let the light of Jesus shine in your corner of the world.
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