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Mon, Sep 01 2008 - 06:46 AM

Setting the Butterfly Free

As the summer slips away, I found myself doing normal chores at home.  But I realized it was such a glorious day outside, that I wanted to enjoy the warm rays of the sun.  I packed up some books and headed to pool.  It was warm and relaxing and God put some messages on my heart of rest and renewal.

As I came back from the pool and climbed the stairs of my home, I noticed a fluttering at my feet.  Upon further inspection I saw a beautiful monarch butterfly.  It was black like velvet with bright spots of orange.  It had found it's way below a web and was stuck in the intracate and large woven web.  I took a small stick to pull the web back and as soon as the web was no longer holding it's wings from flying, the butterfly took flight, soaring above.

How often we are like that butterfly--held back from the soaring that God wants us to do.  Whether it be our choices, our circumstances, our sins--we are kept from being all we were created to be.  Eugene Peterson's The Message says it this way 2 Corinthians 5:

The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We're Christ's representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God's work of making things right between them. We're speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he's already a friend with you.

And the scripture also reminds us of Jesus on a cross breaking the chains of our sin, so we could live free.  For my own life, I know means living an obedient and faithful life in Christ, because Jesus has already bore my sins on cross to save me.  How many times does God need to set the butterfly of my soul free?  Constantly He is calling to be to be more, go deeper, live my life in Him.  The burdens I carry are not mine to carry.  He is waiting for me to give them over to Him.  And yet, I don't do it always.  I carry it and fuss with it and struggle with, as if I have no faith at all. The cross changes everything and I need to live with that knowledge and comfort. I'm always amazed at the moments of life--even the smallest moments like freeing a butterfly that remind me of God's amazing love.  And, yet, I am so aware that only when I am looking and listening can I be in deep communion, becoming a servant and true follower.

I want to be like that butterfly, soaring above.  And live knowing:  In Christ I am a new creation everyday.

Soaring above.  Pointing to the Christ who saves me.

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Name: jerrylyn

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About: First and foremost, I am a Child of God. I am a single-mom of two boys, ages 17 and 14, who are the joys of my life. Through difficult circumstances in my life, God has taken my foundation of faith and deepened my love for Him. It is my desire, that through sharing my expressions, I can reach to others to share His and light and His hope. And in all things, bring glory to His name!

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