Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ‘em?
I have always been mesmerized by butterflies. Their effortless flight is breathtaking, and the bright, vivid colors of their wings are simply spectacular. God did not leave out a single detail when creating them. For many people, butterflies also symbolize “hope”. One of my favorite quotes says, “If nothing changed, there would be no butterflies.”
Several years ago when my children were much younger, one observed, “We’re like the butterflies. We start out as caterpillars, go into a cocoon stage, and then God releases us to be butterflies.” We had been discussing new life in Christ, and even at such a young age, Isaac was able to understand and relate the symbolism. A few days after that conversation, he caught a butterfly and brought to me.
I was a bit curious as to why the lovely creature allowed itself to be captured and sit with us without flying away. Upon further inspection, I realized that this graceful beauty had a hole in its wing making it incapable of flight. A storm that had passed through our area in recent days had damaged its wings leaving it battered and torn. It was a sad reality that often reflects the state of our own hearts.
We tend to think if we can just get that promotion, just have that dream home, just be understood, just lose the weight, or just be accepted by a particular group of people that our lives will be hunky-dory. It is not so. We will always have another mountain to climb and another test to pass.
The Word says, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)
Have the storms of life brought you down and kept you from soaring? Is there something in your past that is holding you back from all that God intended you to be? Give it to Him. He makes beauty from ashes (Isaiah 61:3), and He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3).
Don’t lose hope! Ecclesiastes 3:11 assures us, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” That includes you, friend.
Have a blessed week, y’all!