Every afternoon, when the sun finally comes out–yes, it’s like that in the Northwest–a group of dragonflies take flight in my backyard. I sit on the swing and watch them fly in a million directions against the blue sky. It’s beautiful.
It got me thinking and wondering about dragonflies and what exactly they symbolize, so I, like all of us these days, googled it.
They represent change overall, and change that goes beyond life circumstances to a deeper, more mature understanding of life. In other words, go deep. They can move in all six directions and eat while in flight. They are graceful and agile.
One of the sights, www.dragonfly-site.com, talks about their iridescent wings and body and their ability to show themselves in different colors from various angles.
“This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life… also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self-discovery and removal of inhibitions.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a ton of self-created illusions keeping me from God’s best for me. And I don’t necessarily want nor need a vision into the realities of this life according to the world; rather, I desire a clear vision into God’s reality for my life.
A while back, as I was struggling to find validation as a writer, a friend told me that I didn’t need validation, that I am a writer already validated by God. But here I am, still attempting to produce proof that I am a writer. Yesterday I was going through old papers and came across a couple of journal entries where I talked about the freedom I found in writing.
My job search is not going so well. I am haunted by self-imposed doubts about my dubious work history of 37 jobs.
The fact of the matter is I could use a bit of dragonfly dancing. I’m ready for a change in perspective, to be courageous and agile. I am ready to unmask who I truly am, a daughter of the King, and embrace what He has for me, no matter what that is.
I will write. That is who I am. It feeds my soul and hopefully my words encourage and strengthen others. And through my writing I will dance with the dragonflies.
And so I ask, who are you? What self-imposed doubts are clouding the vision of who you are in Christ? Is it time for you to dance with the dragonflies?