Author Childen Stories Email Inspirations Family Stories Home Inspirational Stories Links Poetry Recipes



What Is The Deal With Lightning Bugs?

I mean, here is this rather ordinary looking flying insect, but wait ... it has a glow-in-the-dark rear end!

What was God thinking?

I'm sure science has all kinds of explanations about how this fluorescent fanny is useful for mating and other stuff,but why did God choose to make the lightning bug glow?

I wonder if when God was creating all the animals and everything around us, he came up with the idea of thelightning bug and said, "The kids are gonna love this."

We know that God loves us enough to create all the things we need to survive, but does God loves us so much Hecreated some things just to make us smile?

Just seeing lightning bugs takes me back to those warm summer nights of my youth. I'd be running around the backyard with my empty Mason jar, racing toward the flashing lights all around me. I can still feel the joy and hear thelaughter echoing through my memories.

Lightning bugs were as much a part of summer as fireworks, fresh tomatoes, and big ice-cold slabs of juicy watermelon. (I also have a theory of why God created watermelon seeds the perfect size to spit, but that is anotherstory.)

God created so much diversity in this world, much more than is needed for mere survival. He made all of this forus, and He wants us to enjoy it. We can get so busy surrounding ourselves with man-made goods that we don'tnotice the living tapestry God has laid out all around us.

I guess lightning bugs do have a purpose after all. They are a reminder of a creative God who loves us so much, He'deven paint the rear end of a bug -- just to see us smile!