Butterfly Thoughts

Good morning! I shared one of my butterfly photos two weeks ago with a poem and scripture. This week, I’d like to share the thought behind the picture.

I spied this little fella with his face planted in a Stokes’ aster. He was holding on with all his might. He fluttered here and there, devouring every drop. No matter how many times he flew around the garden, when he settled on the aster once more, it was as if he’d never tasted it before.

Eyeing his actions, I thought about my goal this year. I’m on my third reading of the New Testament. No studying. No memorizing. Just reading through the stories and letters. And you know what? I’ve gleaned jewels I’ve never seen before.

For example, love is woven into the fabric of John’s writing. He reminds us to love one another. He also shows us Christ’s love for mankind. But John didn’t always follow his own advice. In fact, he wanted to call down fire to devour some people in Luke 9:54.

Now, I knew all that, but the one thought that stuck with me was John wrote about the very thing he didn’t always have. Love for others.

I write about hope because it is the one thing I didn’t have before I met Jesus. And that got me thinking.

The Power of the Word

What if we spent time with the Living Word and the written Word? What if we intentionally planted our faces in the Bible and devoured every word? How would that affect our thinking? Our behaviors? Growth? Marriages? Families? Ministries? Writing?

Let’s take a look at what the psalmist writes about the Word.

I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

Psalm 119:162

A victorious army plundered the defeated cities. They celebrated their bounty. I’m not sure my butterfly rejoiced, but he definitely collected his treasure with gusto. Do we delight in the Word? Do we read it with purpose?

I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Psalm 119:16

Synonyms for delight are joy, thrill, pleasure, and relish. Do we delight in His Word? If not, we need to ask for a fresh anointing for our eyes to see, our ears to hear, and our hearts to understand. Reading the Bible should give us as much delight as eating our favorite dessert! Or doing our favorites things. (You see mine.)

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:11

We should desire the Word in our hearts. And like that butterfly, enjoy the process while gleaning every nook and cranny. We should long to understand the truths and apply them to our lives. But most of all, we should relish every second we have with Him.

I do. How about you?

What do you think about when watching nature? Does it remind you of His truths?

Wash Me

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7).

Wash Me Bluebird © 2021

The birdbath in the picture sits just outside my office window beneath an oak tree. I watch as different birds bathe in the cool water—or fight throughout the day. (I took this photo last month.) Bluebirds will take turns or bathe together, whereas sparrows fight to go first. The one thing they all have in common is the need to be made clean. And boy, do they enjoy the process! They frolic in and around the edge, dipping, splashing, and flapping.

The psalmist declared, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Do you remember the night you came to Christ? Were you happy to be made clean? Do you still have that joy? I imagine in the last 18 months we’ve struggled to remain happy. But joy? We can have joy when everything is going wrong. Because no matter what is going on in this world, we have a Savior, and He has washed us whiter than snow. Think about that for a moment. That truth alone should make us splash and flap about in joy. 🙂

Blessings, dear friends