• Kate Clinton

And God Made the Firefly

Genesis 2:19 “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature that was its name.”

I was reading though Psalm 96 the other day and verses 11-12 caught my attention. “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees sing for joy.” I am not 100% sure of my interpretation on this, but if you ask me, one of the ways a field could be jubilant is when 100s of little fireflies (lightening bugs so I don't offend anyone) are skirting around the fields. Like little stars that have fallen from the sky to grace us with their presence and bring just what the verse talks about...pure happiness.

Nothing says summer and joy like those little fireflies. I came across some interesting information on those tiny little creatures. They are actually beetles and not all of the species can light up. They produce the most efficient type of light, with almost 100% of the chemical reaction producing light and leaving off no heat. The bioluminescence light is produced when the lightening bugs take in oxygen and that oxygen combines with the calcium, ATP, and a chemical called luciferin. The beautiful one of a kind light is produced. Since there are about 2,000 firefly species, they blink their lights in a specific pattern that can help them find suitable mates. They can live for up to 2 months. (Info from

I am thankful that God made so many different types of animals for us to enjoy. The silly look of a Llama. The power of a lion (seen safely at the zoo, of course). The joyful song of a songbird. The graceful beauty of a horse. The calm blinking light of a firefly on a relaxing summer evening. The wagging tail of your dog, welcoming you home. The beautiful colors of a butterfly. Wouldn't it have been fun to be there while Adam was naming the animals? Maybe we could have asked him to keep out the snakes, spiders, ticks and mosquitoes. I know, I know, they must have a use. But I think the world would have been fine without them.

God knew what He was doing when He created these creatures for us. Some for beauty, some for work, some for food and some for companionship. I am especially thankful for the firefly. For the magical scene that they create when they display their God given gift of light in a field. For the joy that they bring to any child trying to capture them. And for the perfect time they make their appearance, in the wonderful season of summer.

God was purposeful when He put together all of His creation. When is the last time you took a moment to try to catch a firefly? To thank God for the gifts that He has given us to enjoy? I am trying to see Him more in nature. Will you join me?

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