Butterfly Blessings



It was a horrible, no good, very bad day.

Thought I was going to lunch with a friend, turns out it was a business meeting.  And what transpired left me feeling so hollow and unvalued inside.  It really ignited fears I’m already wrestling with – is there even a place for me or have I been benched, doomed to sit on the sidelines. I mean, what can a severely hearing impaired woman do?!

Then I headed over to Colorado College for their Fine Arts Center free day ~ This has been a favorite of mine all summer!  ~ only to discover they change the hours during the school year and it had just closed!  Arrrrrgggghhhhh!

As I headed back to my car the art on the lawn caught my attention and I sensed the Lord prompting me, “Pull out that sketchbook Deb and draw the butterfly.”  Thankfully I had a picnic blanket in the back of my car.  So I plopped down on the grass, started drawing…. and processing…

Ever since we moved here Jeremiah 29:11 has been a key promise I’m clinging to:  “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to comfort you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you a hope and a future.”

And once again I sensed the Lord asking, “Will you trust me, Deb?”

As I drew He reminded me, “Caterpillars don’t look like much, but they are a necessary stage in a butterfly’s development.  And a caterpillar’s job is to eat leaves.  All that eating is fueling the transformation necessary for him to become a butterfly.  Be patient.  Now is your time to eat!  All the learning you are doing during your sabbatical ~ there really is a purpose in it.  In time you will see.  But until then, trust in me, rest in me… hopefully and thankfully!”

Left that art center will a totally changed heart and attitude.  Amazing how it even blesses me when it’s closed ~ guess that’s because the divine docent is always available!  :0)


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