On the first Wednesday of each month the Tulsa Master Gardeners has a 3 hour meeting featuring a special topic and speaker. Yesterday, I was privileged to listen to Dr. Lenora Larson on the subject of butterflies. It was only last year that I became very interested in butterfly gardening, and it was the first time in my life that I very much enjoyed the rewards of flower gardening beyond the beauty of the flowers. I captured these photos last summer.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things
are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Many times I’m inspired to write because of nature and the unique way God has made something. I began thinking about the butterfly and about how it appears into the beautiful creature that it is. I don’t know if you have considered the analogy of the butterfly and our new life in Christ. I love the thought, but I wanted to share with you more about this beautiful little creature.
Here are some amazing facts about the butterfly which are only a reminder once again of how intricately God made each creature from the big huge elephant down to the insects.
Here’s some things that stand out to me about the butterfly and the analogies.
Butterflies have predators!
As lovely as the butterfly is, there are other little creatures out there that prey on it. There are wasps, birds, snakes, and frogs to name just a few.
When we become a new creation Christ Jesus, we have a predator too. Just like the butterfly needs to be aware of his surroundings and how its predators can attack him, so do we as Christians. The devil is out there and he is seeking out whom he may devour. He is our “adversary”.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Butterflies Must Have The Sun.
Butterflies can’t fly if their temperature is less than 86° They cannot produce heat on their own and butterflies rely on the sun to heat up their wings in order for them to move about. They are strongly muscled but they can’t fly without the sun to warm their bodies first.
You have probably noticed why on cloudy days the butterfly population is less active. You may see them landing on an object for a period of time like they are resting, maybe just a slight movement of the wings; they were soaking up the sun in order to take flight.
Wow! That is how we are as Christians. We can’t do things on our own. We need the “Son” to warm us as well. We don’t move along very well in our own strength, do we? We have to rely on the Lord’sstrength and guidance before we can accomplish anything.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
Butterflies Can See Ultraviolent Light.
Do you know that the butterfly can see things we humans cannot see? God made them with the ability to see ultraviolent light which helps to distinctly guide them to find nectar to drink.
As Christians we have a special eyesight as well and we can see things others don’t. We can see through the eyes of faith. Oftentimes those without Christ don’t understand Christians. We have the ability to see with the eyes of faith and the Bible is our guide.
Think of all of those heroes of faith listed in Hebrews chapter 11 and of all the things that happened because of their faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
These butterfly characteristics make me think of David when he went to battle Goliath. He could see clearly what God was going to do. I love how David had been basking in the “Son” shine as a young shepherd boy? He was ready to act for the Lord.
That big old Philistine giant was mocking David and telling him how he was going to give his flesh to the birds and the beasts, but David was seeing with those eyes of faith. I just love this passage. It’s one of those that screams out and says, “Yes!” God is in control. He is sovereign!!!
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword,
and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of
the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast
defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and
I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give
the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of
the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may
know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall
know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle
is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands. ! Samuel 17:45-47.
My favorite part is when David says, “…I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel…”. We cannot do anything in our own strength. We sure can’t “flutter” very far.
Going back to 2 Corinthians 5:17, it says that
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
We need to be constantly saturating ourselves God’s Word and spending time with the “Son” of God before we can move forward and take flight.
So, how are you fluttering around?
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,