Today sparkles.

It shimmers, it shines. It twinkles in its trembling.

It reflects the light.

All things in this dewiness, moist with living water, glow bright with living light. Even the ragged and untrimmed. Even the blemished and diseased, even the fallen and dying, that have the beauty of the water and the light.

She wrote it long ago, Lilias Trotter did: “It was in a little wood in early morning… suddenly, from a dark corner… there shone out a great golden star!” [From A Passion for the Impossible, p. 331.]

It was but a low-down dandelion! But it was standing “full face to the sun, and had caught into its heart all the glory it could hold, and was shining so radiantly that the dew that lay on it still made a perfect aureole round its head. And it seemed to talk, standing there—to talk about the possibility of making the very best of these lives of ours.”

I am lowly, yet I can shine. Washed with the living water of the word, sprinkled with my tears and His blood, standing full face to the Son. It happens. The light shines brilliant over me, and I too can sparkle. And gleam. And shine.

Thanking God today…

for the washing of the water of His word

for the sunshine of this morning’s light, rare among so many days of rain

for the greater, richer light of His Presence, always there for me, if I will focus “full face to” it, catch into my heart all the glory it can hold, to shine back radiant, myself like the low dandelion in the wood.

for the health and energy to meet the day, enthused

for eyes that can still see all these beauties around me, of earth and sky and water brook, and even a few of eternity

“for the love which from [my] birth over and around [me] lies.”

May your day today, dear reader—and your spirit—sparkle, and shimmer, and shine in His blessings.




12 thoughts on “To Sparkle and Shine

  1. “I am lowly but I can still shine.” Love that story about the dandelion, what a great picture. Thanks for visiting my place today!

    1. And thank you for visiting mine, Shelly! I’m so struck with the warming feeling of friendship and community I’m getting from some of this interconnecting around A Holy Experience. Another gift to list!

  2. Your sparkling, light-filled pictures are beautiful and it’s a blessing to recognize the wonder around us. Thank you for sharing your list this week. Blessings!

    1. Thank you, Cindy. The morning sparkles captivated me when I stepped out on the front porch for the fresh fall air, and made me think of God’s light shining on us. May He beam lots of sparkling light on you today! 🙂

  3. “I am lowly, yet I can shine.” Oh, I love that. We are called, aren’t we, to shine like the stars?

    Lord, help me to shine today!!

    1. Me too! (That’s what we’re supposed to do, but some days it’s easier than others!) Thanks, Rhonda, for stopping by and commenting.

  4. Sylvia, I was so captured by the sparkles – and knew at once was dew – except more sparkle-ish. It wasn’t until the end that I noticed it was a thank you list. And whenever there’s a thank you list, I always pick a favorite – and my favorite was the one about being “enthused” – and I want to share that the word enthused comes from the Greek meaning “in God” – I’ve always thought that was kind of neat. And your pictures – 1000 different shades of awesome. I hearted this whole thing. And I’m smiling. Thank you. God bless and keep you and each and every one of yours this day.

    1. That is neat about the meaning of enthused. I don’t have it in a dictionary, but it stands to reason…en (in) theos, I’m guessing. It’s especially interesting in light of this morning, when I wasn’t enthused—er, enthusiastic. But I knew what I needed to do: not just push myself, but spend more time getting closer to God. As you might guess I became more enthused through the day. Thank you for your insight and your kind encouragement.

    1. So glad you were encouraged. (I’ve been praying God would do that through the blog posts.) And thank you for your wonderful encouragement!

  5. Mmm… so precious. You speak my heart. I smile along with you, adoring the giver of these amazing gifts. That the dandelion held all the glory it could… oh, that made me smile. I want to hold all the glory I can too, even if I am a dandelion. 🙂

    Newly following,

    1. So glad to have you “on board,” Kim, not just in newly following but in kindred spirit. May God shine bright on you today and fill you with that glory!

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