Glow worms are glorious (and so are you)

We edged ourselves through the cold, clammy cave, blanketed by a sea of glow worms. These fluorescent pin-pricks were so still, yet seemed to dance in their brightness and splendour.

Each was simply a tiny fleck of light protruding from the body of an insect. Yet together they were grandiose in their beauty… just bright enough to line our path to the cave’s opening. One glow worm would not have showed us the way home, but together they formed a path not unlike spectators at a mardi gras parade.

I felt like royalty, these little angels lighting my every step. Yet really, the glory belonged to them, these miracles of God’s creation. Each shining the light they were meant to shine, their lifetimes merely days – yet their purpose and beauty – unmistakeable.

“We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm.” – Winston Churchill.
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We are lights too, dropped into this earth for but a moment. To some, we may not seem special – but to others, we’re beautiful and important.

Maybe you feel your brightness has diminished, that you aren’t really noticed or seen for who you are. But keep shining anyway, because the more you rest in God and His love, the more His glory will appear in you. He has a unique purpose for you, radiant glow worm, lighter of the way. You are absolutely magnificent, beyond what you know.

We can’t turn ourselves into stars, no matter how hard we try. But we can allow the great ‘Star of David’ to do His work through us. Let’s let Jesus lead us, and keep doing the work on earth that only we can do…

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.”

(Philippians 2:14-16)

“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.”

(Isaiah 9:2 NLT)

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

(Matthew 5:14-16)


  1. Dear Ali, your post was so timely for me. I had been wondering about some of the things that I do so routinely with my special needs daughter . .places she likes to go, that bless her. I couldn’t really see how me doing that with her would help anyone else but her, and I was trying not to feel bad about that. haha! Then yesterday, as we rode this little train at a park, one of the things she loves to do, one of the volunteers began sharing with us, about his life and what God had done. It gave me a little glimpse of something more going on behind us going places together like we do. Thank you!
    God bless you as you glow today!

    1. Oh that’s wonderful Debbie. There is a bigger picture isn’t there, to all the seemingly small details of our lives. May you continue to be a blessing to your beautiful daughter, and all of us as you glow for Him 🙂

  2. I love glow worms, but they are very rare around here. I have seen them on the outskirts of our parish, and on the coast. If I look hard enough I could find a photo of the last one I saw. Over here the ones that glow are all female.

  3. I have never seen a glow worm, but I like the comparison. I can relate to this statement: “To some, we may not seem special – but to others, we’re beautiful and important.” In our society of fame, it can be too easy to write ourselves off as ‘nobody’, when in reality, we mean something to God, and to those around us that do matter.

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