Posts Tagged ‘trust’

Butterflies

beautiful butterfly

There’s something deep about butterflies. Something so mysterious, yet majestic. Almost spiritual. I find comfort in their metamorphosis.

…For what seems like forever to them, they are trapped and blinded. They don’t know what’s happening or why. Yet they wait patiently in perfect trust, knowing that their Maker is in control.

And when that perfect time comes, the Creator opens their eyes, and they emerge with new strength, glory, and breath-taking beauty. They’re made into something better – better than they could imagine. All that wait and struggle was worth it… because instead of crawling, they now can fly.

“The butterfly counts not months, but moments and has time enough.”— R. Tagore

“Behold, I am making all things new.” –Revelation 21:5

A Perspective Piece for Perspective Peace

“I need oil,” said an ancient monk, so he planted an olive sapling. “Lord,” he prayed, “it needs rain that its tender roots may drink and swell. Send gentle showers.” And the Lord sent gentle showers. “Lord,” prayed the monk, “my tree needs sun. Send sun, I pray thee.” And the sun shone, gilding the dripping clouds. “Now frost, my Lord, to brace its tissues,” cried the monk. And behold, the little tree stood sparkling with frost, but at evening it died.

Then the monk sought the cell of a brother monk, and told his strange experience. “I, too, planted a little tree,” he said, “and see! It thrives well. But I entrust my tree to its God. He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me. I laid no condition. I fixed not ways or means. ‘Lord, send what it needs,’ I prayed, ‘storm or sunshine, wind, rain, or frost. Thou has made it and Thou dost know.'”

…See, it’s our “helping God out” that leads to an anxious heart. When we take over and try to control what happens, we take our focus off the One who is in control and put our eyes on our circumstances.

In the words of J.I. Packer, “Contentment is essentially a matter of accepting from God’s hand what He sends because we know that He is good and therefore it is good.”