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I had a dream this morning before waking of the most beautiful butterfly flying in darkness. The butterfly was very colorful and illuminated. As it fluttered around in the darkness, it shined magnificently against the darkness of night and I was intrigued by it.
As I admired the butterfly, I knew in my heart that it represented truth in a world of darkness.
Have you ever spotted a beautiful, friendly butterfly that flew near to you, and you might have even felt endeared to it in some way? Have you ever had a beautiful butterfly visit you frequently, returning day after day?
These thoughts remind me of a very unusual situation that occurred when my son was about six years old. Levi played in the yard frequently and occasionally a little gold butterfly would flutter around him.
While I was in the yard with him one day, he brought my attention to the butterfly and he told me it came to see him. He also told me he named it “Orbity.” As unbelievable as this story is, it actually happened. As we watched Orbity flutter around Levi, Levi stuck his little finger out and called to the butterfly. Amazingly, the little butterfly landed on Levi’s finger! I was astonished as I stood in the yard and watched what was happening before my eyes. After sitting on Levi’s finger for a short while, the butterfly flew around him again for a while and then flew away.
The same thing happened again on another day! I would have never believed it, if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes – twice!
Levi was in the yard playing and as I walked outside, he told me, “Orbity is here!” I went in the house to get my camera, hoping to capture a picture of it with Levi. When I came out of the house, I was amazed to see that the little butterfly was sitting on Levi’s finger again! He told me the previous time I saw the butterfly with him that Orbity came to see him, but I didn’t give it much thought, until I witnessed it for the second time! I captured a photo of this incredible sight on the second occasion.
Levi and Orbity
I started this article on February 27, 2014, the day I awoke from dreaming of a beautifully illuminated butterfly flying in the darkness of night. After starting this message about the dream, I became distracted with other articles for a while, forgetting all about this one, until today. It was also intriguing that five days ago, on March 17, 2014, I was standing in the back yard and I watched as several monarch butterflies flew by. I was reminded of my son, Levi, and the little butterfly that used to visit him. I thought to myself how sweet it would be if one of the butterflies visited me like that. Monarchs continued to fly by, until I went into the house.
The following day, on March 18th, I went into the front yard to water some plants and to my amazement, when I stepped into the yard, about a couple of dozen monarch butterflies flew all around the yard. They had been sitting on the grass and when I walked onto it, they began flying all around me, but they didn’t fly away. The sight was wonderful and I thought just maybe one of them might fly over to me, but none of them did. I thought about how precious my son was as a child and how astute it was of him to name a butterfly “Orbity” at the age of about six. I thought it must have been the Lord that inspired Levi to give that pertinent name to the little gold butterfly.
This part of my story is also surreal. I was walking through the patio in the backyard and I spotted a beautiful monarch butterfly sitting on the wall of the house, and as I stood there watching it, it suddenly fluttered off of the wall onto the cement patio before me. I stooped down to watch it and it was flapping its lovely wings, as it walked straight to me. I was astonished as this butterfly continued to walk and flap its wings, until it was standing right in front of me. I stretched out my finger and it walked right on to my finger! It sat on my finger for a while, as I spoke to it, then it suddenly flew to my shoulder! I honestly felt that as I watched the beautiful butterflies for a few days, and since I had been thinking of my precious son, who went on to be with the Lord almost five years ago, the Lord sent this particular butterfly to visit me.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows” Luke 12:6-7.
This passage of scripture demonstrates how much God loves the little birds, and how much more He loves all of us, whom He created in His own image.
I thought I would share these interesting events, as I delve further into what the Lord has ministered to me since my dream last month.
The angel of the Lord told me on November 6, 2013, “teneis tinieblas (you [plural] have darkness).” There is certainly spiritual darkness (evil and depravity) all over the earth right now, which is indicative of the Lord’s soon return (Matthew 24:12).
Just as the Lord gave me a dream last month of a beautifully illuminated butterfly flying in darkness, the children of God will also soar and shine in the (spiritual) darkness radiantly and beautifully before Him. We will be strong, though evil prevails all around us; we will be victorious; we will be full of the Holy Ghost and fire (Luke 3:16) and do exploits (Daniel 11:32).
God loves us and it is His desire that we serve Him with all of our hearts, not sometimes, not half-heartedly, but with all of our hearts.
People complain because they sometimes have many problems, illness and sorrows, but are they trusting in the Lord with all of their hearts? The apostles laid down their very lives, as many others have throughout history. Are we, in fact, willing to lay our lives down for the sake of Christ, if it comes to that?
Jesus died for our sins, so we could have eternal life. He suffered an unimaginably cruel death to pay the penalty for our sins.
Are you weary of life? Are you possibly thinking, “Is this all there is?” I can tell you most certainly, this is not all there is. There is a fabulous eternal heaven to gain:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him” 1 Corinthians 2:9.
The Lord never promised us we would not suffer persecution in this life. In fact, the Word of God tells us,
“Yes, all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12.
Whatever we must endure to “run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1), it will well be worth it all when we enter glory for all eternity, my friends!
The caterpillar goes through stages and these stages are just one of God’s ways of telling us that we mature to eternal life.
“The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” Romans 1:20.
The road is not always easy and the caterpillar stage is unlovely, but we will be illuminated and soar like a beautiful butterfly in the end! Glory to God!
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