You Glow, Girl

You Glow, Girl

We crest the little rise about three houses above our home just as dusk falls. My daughter runs inside to shower, and I follow my little man, who runs into the swath of lush, early summer green, fireflies glowing up around him.

I forget my tiredness {and the convoluted walk with the pulling dog and the many stops and the poop bag I had to bring for the dog and the mini cooler my son asked me to bring with a drink, a sandwich, and a Thomas train}.

The dimness bathes the brick side of my house, the flower bed, and the gate into our back yard in a light that transforms it, renders it full of a mystique and charm I didn’t recognize a moment ago.

I’m transported into the momentary magic, captivated, and we walk hand and hand into the back, clicking the gate shut behind us.  I sit at the scroll-y metal café set my husband has put at the edge of the yard.

I loose my focus, let my eyes go wide, and take in the whole of the yard, instead of focusing on my little man and how I might wrangle him inside for bath.

The lightning bugs are breathtaking. Maybe it’s perfect timing. Maybe it’s the damp weather. But, they glow and glow, almost in unison. A breath, two … and then a delicate upward spiral of united glow, in what seems like a hundred different spots at once.

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We are artists, every last one of us. Creative beings. Fearfully and wonderfully made.
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My medium might be pen and paper; yours might be chocolate chip cookie dough. Your art may be the way  you encourage young hearts, while mine may be the way I paint swoops of color with perennials in a garden bed.

The honest truth is that, all too often, we look at ourselves and our lives in the harsh light of day, instead of the forgiving light of dusk or dawn. We opt for day or night, black or white, creative or not. God begs to differ. He challenges us to take a new view, to slow our rapid race to get the next thing done, and, instead, observe — really, truly, see.

He asks us to view ourselves the way He does. To become enchanted with our own beauty and potential, our innate creativity, and the possibilities of living out our creative gifts, hand in hand with Him.

He asks us to come out of our hiding in the deep summer grasses and start the light show.

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Our God  is the ultimate Creator, the first and foremost when it comes to exquisite and precise workmanship.  His hands did not slip when he formed us and planned out all the days of our lives. God prepared us with the skills and resources we need to fulfill His unique plan for each and every one of us.  We are created singularly, beautifully, and with great attention to detail. Our creative gifts – whether or not we have recognized them as such – are just that, precious presents from God.

“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” 

Ephesians 2:10

We’ve all been gifted with creativity; the question now becomes, are we brave enough to show our glow?

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