by Sandra Julian Barker
It's time for some joyful thoughts. Seeing a beautiful butterfly sitting on an equally beautiful flower -- now that's something that brings a smile to my face. This lovely little guy (or maybe it's a gal, who knows?) was busy around the butterfly bush in my backyard when I managed to snap a pic of him. He wasn't still for long, constantly flitting from one flower to the next, busy about the work God created him to do.
What amazing color and design and delicate detail God fashioned in this unique butterfly.
When God was speaking to Job, He made it plain to him that all of nature is well-aware of who their Creator is and of all His glory -- and they thereby glorify Him with their very being. Not only that, but they offer messages to us of the Creator, as evidenced by God saying that "they will teach you." Note God's words to Job and to us: "But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?" Job 12:7-10.
We have much we can learn from this little butterfly. Have you ever heard a sound from a butterfly? Yet, in his silence, he speaks loudly of his Creator. If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we will discover God's messages to us through His creation. As the Psalmist said, "On the glorious splendor of your majesty and on your wondrous works I will meditate," 145:5.
Meditating, being still before our mighty Father, these are usually prerequisites to seeing and hearing His messages to us. What a delight to discover a personal message from the Almighty Himself!
Oh, what an extravagant, generous, loving Father we have! "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts..." Ecclesiastes 3:11.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!