2012-10-09 - Migrating Butterflies
Last week, our family was sitting in a baseball stadium filled with over 50,000 excited, talkative people, surrounded by blaring noise. All of a sudden, I saw a delicate butterfly floating by. A few minutes later, it was followed by another, and then yet another. In an hour's time, I saw eight butterflies in that unlikely environment - right there in the midst of the "standing room only" ballgame.
The lovely butterflies were of three different species and three different sizes. But the two things they had in common? They were all going in the same direction - South. And they were all totally focused. The peripheral blinding lights, constant movement, and raucous cheers and boos - these didn't seem to phaze them at all. The plucky butterflies knew what they needed to do, and they did it. To use a phrase from the 70s, "they kept on truckin'."
What great examples were these butterflies, for Christians. Too often, we let ourselves become distracted by peripheral issues - by worries, by minor issues in the church or our homes, by activities that are poor stewardship of our minds, time and money etc.
We need to be more like the butterflies, remembering that our focus needs to be on Christ and the furtherance of the Kingdom of God.
Hebrews 12:2a (Message) Because he never lost sight of where he was headedthat exhilarating finish in and with God.