It was getting dark. The road was winding and narrow. We had no idea if we were headed in the right direction but we were trusting that good ol’ Google Maps knew the way.
“Do you see ‘em?” my husband blurted.
All I was seeing was the little blue dot moving along the map on my phone and my husband’s outburst nearly made me jump out of the truck.
“See what?” I blurted back in aggravation.
“There are lightning bugs everywhere!” he explained while pointing across me to direct my view.
I looked up from the mesmerizing glow of the map and in the dusky shadows of the evening, I saw spark after spark lighting up the road sides, the sloping yards and the cascading trees. It was a beautiful sight –
– and a welcomed distraction from the anxiousness and frustrations of our long travels, from the arguments over whether google was sending us in the right direction and from the snide remarks of “Remember, it’s not the destination but the journey” coming from the teenagers in the back seat.
I put the map down (It was talking to us anyway!), sat back and enjoyed the fireflies’ sparkling display. Oh, how they do make me smile!
And as I watched the little fellows flicker along the winding road, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the difference their tiny lights made.
Though small and seemingly insignificant, their little sparks of light not only dispelled the lurking shadows of the evening but they also lifted my spirits and restored the excitement in our journey.
Pretty powerful little bugs, don’t you think? And the perfect reminders that even a small gift, a small talent, a small gesture can make the greatest difference in our lives and the lives of those around us.
Maybe you need this reminder.
Maybe you feel like you have nothing to offer this world. Maybe you’ve given so much that you feel you’ve got nothing left to give. Maybe the weight of your troubles – the darkness so to speak – has overwhelmed you and you feel like all you have left is a little spark.
If this is you today, you are not alone. I’m right there with you in this very moment. But…
I have to believe. No, I choose to believe that a little spark is enough.
A little spark can still make a difference. A little spark is all it takes to keep from being overtaken by the darkness. A little spark is evidence of a hope that still exists deep down in the soul. A little spark can ignite a blazing fire of renewed passion, overwhelming peace and new-found purpose.
Yes, a little spark is pretty powerful and it is definitely more than enough.
So, when you’re feeling at your lowest, like you are not enough, remember the firefly and what a difference a little spark can make!