Recently, I was sitting by the pool admiring the Butterfly Bush that we planted last year. It is attracting an incredible number of small bees and two or three beautiful Monarch butterflies. Obviously, the nectar in the blossoms is irresistible. As I was watching the butterfly feeding off the blossom, going around it with fervor, I could not help reflecting on the beauty and power of God. When he created this species, the bees and the butterflies, he not only created them, he provided sustenance for them so that they could thrive. I was overwhelmed by the minute detail of God’s creation.
This Matthew verse came to me about the sparrows, the most common of all birds and the love that God has for them. Jesus went on to say that “two sparrows are sold for a penny and not one of them fall to the ground apart from your Father. Even the hairs of your head are all numbered. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.”
As we look around this country and the world, we see darkness everywhere. Persecution in the last few decades of Christians is unparalleled over thousands of years since Christ came, died, rose and ascended. He gave us this beautiful analogy of how much more valuable we are than the sparrows; I say, even the bees and the butterflies, and that we are not to fear this darkness or the oppression.
I challenge you to pause, reflect and meditate on this truth. Nothing, absolutely nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ. This butterfly really taught me a lot about God’s love. I trust that it did for you also.