Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Colorado was rather dry that year. We made the trip up from New Mexico and there were few bright flowers along the way. Near a bridge over the San Juan, two bits of color caught my eye. I love watching butterflies.
Pastor reminded me of this shot with the example he gave Sunday of someone helping the struggling butterfly out of its cocoon, only to see it die because it could not fly. We’ve all heard this example at one time or another, but few apply it to our own lives.
We are the butterfly – not those around us. We are the ones who need to accomplish the struggle. We aren’t the kind person who, as an outstanding co-dependent, erroneously help the one struggling.
This shouldn’t be an example of our backing off from helping, it should be the best example to encourage us to continue struggling to achieve the future God has in store for us. No one has been promised life without struggles. The opposite, from Eden’s exit.
… cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, (Genesis 3:17b-19a KJV)
“But, but…” people say, “I’ve had it so rough! No one has faced what I have.” We cry out as Elijah:
… and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. (1 Kings 19:10 KJV)
“So there are good reasons why I am (insert feeling that keeps us from doing what God has in mind for us).”
Hey, I know about that! I use(d) such excuses myself. Yep, have one or two sitting nearby to use in case of emergencies. Don’t you? Early Christians did, too. Except, maybe, for Paul:
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. (1 Thessalonians 4:1 KJV)
We do, however, have an even better example:
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. (John 13:15 KJV)
That’s not John speaking, that’s Jesus. And He knows how we’ll feel when we follow His example:
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. (John 13:17 KJV)
Be the butterfly you are born to be. Struggle and grow strong, and be happy!