They've improved fireworks over the years. Typically a 4th of July display will have some that shoot way up, like a comet, and some that are lower and fan out in twinkling sparkles of light. Some are multicolored and look like rain or parachutes spiralling down and some just have a bright flash and a big boom. My favorite fireworks start off like a single explosion of color and then, after the first colors fade, another explosion opens up, followed by more surprise bursts. They remind me of the way I think life is meant to be. As we get older the quality of life doesn't have to diminish, rather, it can open a new bloom of color and surprise us, again and again. Too often I think we settle for the "one big boom" idea...the comet that traces high into the sky only to have a brief flash of light and a sudden end. We need to keep looking for the next surprise explosion of color as the Lord ignites the next stage of life.
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.