Soar With the Butterflies


I’m always in awe of butterflies…not only their beauty but their brain. It is said that the brain of a butterfly is the size of a pinhead, and yet the Monarch can travel three thousand miles to Central America and end up at the same tree its ancestors landed on a generation or two earlier.

A butterfly expert once said, “The creation of the body of a caterpillar into the body and wings of a butterfly is without a doubt, one of the wonders of life on earth.” Another expert states that this metamorphosis is “rightly regarded as a miracle.”

There is so much interesting information on this transformation one can only wonder if the caterpillar was programmed to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

Can we all be so transformed? Indeed we can…the secret is in the choosing. Why live like a caterpillar when you can soar with the butterflies?

 

Butterfly Monarch Butterfly Danaus Plexipp

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Missing the Mark


Today, I want to talk about sin. I’ve always thought of sin as, you know–lying, stealing, cheating, being mean to people, being greedy, etc. You get the picture. But then I heard that sin actually means “missing the mark”. Now, I’ve heard that said, or written about, on a few occasions, but I read it again yesterday, and it hit me between the eyes! It actually sank in!

The writer explained that “missing the mark” actually means not living life as God intended us to live it, which includes all those other things I mentioned, plus even more. That got me to thinking about how we all came to this planet with God’s plan for us implanted like a GPS. But I think He must have forgotten how fallible we humans are, and how we so easily get distracted, and led off the path.

But that’s okay. As long as we find our way back onto it. I remember a faulty GPS taking my daughter, Lynn, and me on a roundabout trip in Wales, instead of the direct route we needed. Because of that little blip, we got to see the rural side of the country, which I had only seen in movies, and I loved it. We finally reconnected with our intended direction, arrived at our destination none the less for wear, and within a reasonable time frame. That is precisely what we are expected to do on our life journey. God didn’t say it would be easy, he said, “Just do it. I’ll be waiting for you.”

Now, I know some people out there are reading this (maybe only becauses it’s me writing it) and saying they didn’t come here through God’s plan, they got here through an ape, or monkey, or gorilla or some other kind of creature that they evolved from. And I got to thinking about that, too.

I’m thinking that it’s great to be here as God’s representative, because I get to think with the brain He gave me. Otherwise I would have inherited the brain of one of those creatures previously mentioned.

And that would be a sin!