Faith / Life Lessons

Firefly’s of the Forest

Like firefly’s bursting into the black of night from a broken tree trunk, are the dreams of a child about to take flight.  For what is a man without his destiny;  what is a woman without her future;  what is a child without his dreams?  How many paths does a man have to travel before he finds the lost pages of his story?    There, in the dark forest of his imagination, lie a seed.  It waits patiently for the sun to rise over the land and the spring rains to fall.  In it, is life:  In it, is the code of genius,  the mark of creativity, the roar of a lion.  For the dreams of a child are locked-up only as long as the forest lies in darkness.

Photo: Christina Dawson

Sometimes it’s in our growing up that we loose ourselves.  Somewhere or somehow our dreams drop from our consciousness, like a pinecone falls from a mighty tree, to rest under the needles of thousand forgotten yesterdays.  We move forward, deeper into the wooded ravines and hilltops, we seem to march on the trodden path, that so many before us have marked out:   The obvious path, the common path, perhaps ,even the easy path.  However it could be, that the seed of greatness that lies dormant with-in you, can only grow, if you step off the trail and into the fertile soil of the woodland.

I believe that no matter how many trials we face or setbacks or obstacles, there is always hope.  Hope springs eternal.  Many years ago, I began to ask the question, “Why”.  “Why are we here?  “What is life really about?”  You know the questions.  Everybody has them at one point or another.  “What’s it all about anyway?”  You see, I had accomplished many of my “grown-up” dreams and I was left with a void.  A void that my boyfriend couldn’t fill, my awesome career couldn’t fill, my four wheel drive – all terrain vehicle couldn’t fill, and all the free travel privileges in the world couldn’t fill.  So I was left with these questions.

They hung over me like a cloud over the city.  Then I heard the message.  I head the message that God loved me.  That he’s not some unfeeling blob in the sky, who could care less about me, but the supernatural Creator of all things.  He created the earth, Adam and Eve, the first man and woman and he created me and you.  When the first man fell into sin, it corrupted all mankind.  “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned,” Romans 5:12.   Sin separates us from a Holy God.  No matter how hard we “try” to be good, sin is always there.

 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one,” Romans 3:10.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,”  Romans 6:23.  You see, I finally realized why the void was there, and what I needed to do about it.  I was a sinner and I needed God.   God made a way for me to be back in relationship with Him by sending his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my debt.  Through his death, burial and resurrection God’s wrath was satisfied.  He is my Redeemer, my Savior and my Friend.  Because of the blood of Christ my sins have been forgiven.  You see there is a life beyond the natural.  We will all die a physical death, and we will all go somewhere:  to eternity with God, or to eternal separation apart from Him.

Each one of us has been given free will.  God will not force you to love him or believe in Him, but He gives us a choice.  Eternal life is for the taking, it is a free gift.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast,”  Ephesians 2:8-9.   I believe that we have to loose our lives before we can really find them.  It’s found somewhere in the act of surrender.  The receiving of Christ into our hearts and the finding of our true “self” in Him.  It may not happen overnight.  Even the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years before they went into the promised land, but God is faithful.  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,”  Proverbs 3:5.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11.