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?

The Garden of Life

Spring has a way of turning my thoughts to the Creator. For instance, have you ever pondered the pollination process in light of our relationship with the Lord and with each other? No? Great! Allow me to share my thoughts with you this morning.

There are three types of pollination: self-pollination, cross-pollination, and artificial cross-pollination.


gailjohsonauthor.comSelf-pollination happens when an excess of pollen in a flower causes pollination to take place within that same flower.

Prayer turns my heart to the Lord and renews my mind. Fasting teaches me discipline and helps me to submit to His will and not my will. Biblical studies grow my faith and knowledge in Him. All of this, combined with the work of the Holy Spirit, helps me to produce that which God has planted in me.


gailjohnsonauthor.comThe next technique is cross-pollination. This pollination takes place when small animals, rain, wind, and insects carry pollen from one plant to another.

I imagine the small animals as inconveniences that arise and hinder my plans, the rain as dark days that hide life’s sunshine, the wind as the storms that test my faith, and the insects as situations that irritate me.

Yet, I have a choice how I respond to the pollinators that God sends into my life. If I’m willing, each instance can produce fruit. The small inconveniences cultivate steadfastness and instruct me in diligence no matter the deterrent. The rain promotes contentment in every season of my life that I may know an unspeakable joy. The wind rocks me and loosens the earth around me allowing my roots to go deeper. And finally, those irritants urge me to have patience by teaching me self-control. All work to strengthen my faith in the Lord.

Artificial Cross-Pollination

Lastly, artificial cross-pollination occurs when a person gathers pollen from one flower, and then using a small brush or blower, applies it to another flower.

Gail Johnson © 2017Just like artificial cross-pollinators leave pollen, people leave a signature fragrance that remains long after they’ve gone. Some leave a sweet smell while others leave an unpleasant odor that may linger for years. Each produces its own kind of growth.

The “sweet” pollinate the Word along with encouragement into my life promoting deep thirsty roots of faith in Christ and juicy fruits of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, the “odoriferous” flit about pollinating the latest gossip, strife, anger, and bitterness often disrupting my peace and stealing my joy.

Gail Johnson© 2017Unlike the flowers in nature, I have a choice to refuse or accept odorous pollen. The solution? Allow the Holy Spirit to blow upon me each day.

As a pollinator, I also have a choice. Brush people with the stench of this world or the sweet fragrance of Heaven.

To become a stinky pollinator, I need not do anything. But to become a heavenly pollinator, I must allow the Master Gardener to deadhead, fertilize, and water my spirit each day!

May we all be a sweet fragrance to those we meet along the way. 🙂

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