A blog about the reality of God's presence, love and involvement in everyday occurrences. This is a record of my journey towards discovery. I often share thoughts on femininity, scripture, motherhood, creativity and ministry.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Butterfly

My boys and I just had one of the most amazing God experiences of our lives.

Let me just start off by saying that God has been teaching me, over the past few days, about His love and immanence. He is present within each of us, within nature and within our lives events.

“Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 23:24

He is everywhere at all times. He never leaves me or forsakes me. When I pray, He hears my words. He knows my thoughts. He sustains all things. Everything is dependent on Him.

“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life” Job 33:4

“If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and his breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to dust” Job 34:14-15

Whatever happens in nature is God’s doing and is under His control. The sending of the sunshine and rain, the feeding and protecting of the birds in the air, and the clothing of flowers are all credited to the Father. Matt 5-10

“Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?” Psalm 113:5-6

We were just outside about to come in to take naps. I sat in a chair with my boys at my feet on our deck. I was thinking about how the wind blowing in the trees was such an interesting sound. I thought about how God created what I saw and how He is in control of it all. A butterfly swarmed around us then flew away.

I started telling Roman how God made that butterfly and how he takes care of it. He gives it everything it needs to live. I then said “Wouldn’t it be cool if God made that butterfly come back and land on my hand?” I held my hand out and said “Jesus, please have that butterfly come back and land on my hand.” Roman and Jude both looked at me with curiosity.

In an instant the butterfly landed right in the middle of my palm. Roman gasped. It stayed there for a good 3 minutes crawling on my hand. The boys examined it and I said, “Oh my goodness that is SO cool God! Roman, God just had this butterfly to come back and land on my hand.” I continued to say, “That is how real God is. Even though we can’t see Him, He is always right here with us, listening and taking care of us. ” The butterfly then flew away.

Roman bravely held out his hand and proclaimed “Jesus, please have that butterfly come back and land on MY hand.” The butterfly instantly returned and landed right in Roman’s hand. It flew away again.

Tears filled my eyes and told God how amazing He was! He loves me and my boys so much. He is everywhere. He has the time to show us his love and manage all the world’s problems at the same time. I felt warmth in my heart. Oh, how special I felt to have the Lord Almighty showing His love to me in the way.

I laughed and said “Let us see if it will land in Jude’s hand.” I said it almost jokingly thinking that the butterfly was long gone by then. I held my baby’s hand in mine and the butterfly returned to his palm.

The butterfly then continued to flutter around us. It did not leave. It landed all over our heads, faces, arms, and toys! It spent at least 30 minutes with us until it was finally time to go inside. At one point I even went inside to grab my camera. When I came back out it landed right back in my hand and allowed me to capture some photographs of it! Jude was chasing it and batting a tennis racket at it. I caught a picture of the butterfly landing on the tennis racket as he swung at it! We laughed and played with the butterfly then told it goodbye as we went inside.

Roman, who has been tapping into his spirituality lately, saw a great work of God. We came inside to lay down for naps and he was in awe of God. He could not believe God heard us and answered our prayer!

God melted my deepest concerns. The burdens I carried just flew away on the wings on His butterfly…….