Some of you may know this hymn, but this hymn was re-etched afresh in my heart just before the beginning of 2022; a most memorable night after our wonderful family Christmas Day. As often happens, I was slow unwinding. So about 2am, standing at my bedroom window, and ready for my night-time chat with my LORD.
Have you had almost audible times when God speaks out aloud in the quietness of your heart?
So love the dark contrast to the bright twinkles of our amazing southern night skies (the northern hemisphere I’ve seen is half of what ours in southern hemisphere, to my eye, even in April on lake in Finland or balmy, summer Florida)!
This night after Christmas Day, standing at the open window - it made me blink, then look again! Hurrying out to back door and outside - there high up in trees in our yard and rear neighbours, all were full of twinkling lights, myriads of them! Moving gently, pulsating in the breeze.
I knew there were no Christmas lights of any sort, so it was momentary puzzlement!?
Then suddenly I realised the warm ‘after-storm-humidity’ of our summer night had brought out this ‘never-seen-before’ spectacle of about 80 fireflies some flitting, some just swaying on the trees, moving in time with the beauty of the gentle summer breeze; some were brighter and some different colours.
I started to pray, praise turned into a hymn..
"Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord to the cross...
” .. to the cross, where Thou hast died,
draw me nearer, nearer to Thy precious bleeding side”.
I knew what God was saying. How or details I've no idea, but know there is crosswork ahead..
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Yet one thing is ALWAYS sure, my Father knows the way through the wilderness, ALL I have to do is follow.
It’s most unusual to see fireflies here, we are not in the zone. None in my family have seen them before, but it was definitely a God gift, for a purpose yet to be known.
I managed with mobile phone to get one photo with three bright lights in darkness. Only three out of all the myriads of twinkles and they were different colours, that was miraculous too.
|(I’m not sure if they’re visible on screen, but this from a large full size photo with just three fireflies shown and in different colours, how amazing is God!)|
The next night there were just three fireflies again, moving around at similar time. However they were in side yard, next to the courtyard, nowhere else, just three, flitting moving in time to breeze.
I thought these verses so apt to think upon with this post.
2 Chronicles 6:1
Then said Solomon, The Lord hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
(*note these verses with notes section above was written in July 2021, this is a paste from Blog Drafts. Long before that night, yet how apt is this passage for this event?
Who else but God does these sorts of things?
AND I’m also very sure, this is not shared just for me, but written for others blessing, too.
God’s ways are past finding out)
Another night looking into the starlit sky it struck me, I’ll never do this in heaven, look out upon a clear, starry night.
Darkness CANNOT be seen in heaven - where God is, for He is LIGHT.
On a moonlit night, or lit up night sky, the stars are less bright, in God’s bright light they maybe there, they are simply not seen.
So that’s why there are no lesser lights to rule the day and night - no stars or moon or sun, and no more sea… what a changed place the heavenly realm is for those of us, who now are earth dwellers.
HOWEVER, there is still the promise a pure, unspoilt by sin, a new earth AND new heaven to contemplate upon (see Revelation 21) and we have Eternity to enjoy it all, as we worship our loving Father God, King of Kings, LORD of Lords.
To close, in the months since that night, another verse from this hymn has echoed frequently, strongly in my heart and mind (the section in red, especially the last part, my will = Thine).
I am thine O LORD, I have heard Thy voice ,
And it told Thy love to me…
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in THINE!
|I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,|
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.
|Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,|
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
|Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,|
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
|O the pure delight of a single hour|
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God,
I commune as friend with friend!
|There are depths of love that I yet may know|
Ere Thee face to face I see;
There are heights of joy that I yet may reach
Ere I rest in peace with Thee.
(Hymn lyrics “Draw me nearer”copied from Hymnary.org)
By Fanny Crosby - based on Hebrews 10:22 link here.
There’s a passage in scripture that applies to this sort of period of life … the stirring of the 🦅 eagle’s nest.. ever so lovingly.
It has an illuminated Prov 3:5,6 on it too. Most apt.
Yes, there IS cross work, heart work, or a moment by moment dying to self in various ways going on. To be honest there always is, in a growing Christian walk.
Nevertheless, as I think upon that night, I know its ACTUAL purpose is not yet mine to know yet, or may never know this of glory..
So I leave it in my Father’s safe hands till it is.
In the meantime, I strive to do my best for whatever He sends, for His grace is ALWAYS SUFFICIENT.
(The Lord spoke also like this in Christmas 1983/ New Year 1984. 1984 was indeed an unforgettable year,.. that time it was on pruning, in the vineyard 🍇.
This post dedicated to Diane Ronzino, - see “Hadarah” blog, link here or on sidebar. She wrote a post at this time about the way God speaks to us as believers, it caused me to write this experience down. Thank you, Diane. Her post here.)
Prayer hugs, 🙏 🤗
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