My sister asked me the other day, “What’s with you and butterflies?” It’s a valid question I’ve thought about since I gave her my answer. I don’t really know what it is about butterflies but I love them. They are special enough I even put them in a very pivotal scene in my first book (Seth and Hailee butterfly scene in Soul Survivor.)
They hold so many different meanings to me. Have you ever taken the time to watch a butterfly as it flutters and cascades through the air? The larger species tend to intrigue me most but even the little white and yellow ones make me smile. There’s something so incredibly beautiful and strong about butterflies. The process of change they go through from caterpillar to winged beauty is touching enough but even more so because it reminds me of my life. I’m betting it resonates with yours too—we all go through trials to get to periods of beauty.
There’ve been times in my life when I’ve been seeking confirmation and a fluttering butterfly crossed my path leaving me with a sense of peace and knowing the road I was taking was the right one. It happened back when I was about to publish my book and many times since.
Depending on the day and what’s going on in my life, a butterfly sighting can feel like a message from Chris or God that everything’s going to be okay and to keep going. The past few weeks I’ve noticed them daily—maybe it’s the season or there’s some biological explanation for all my sightings, regardless they give me peace and put a smile on my face.
In the past week, I’ve had a butterfly land on me, one fly in and chill on the dash of my car for a few moments, and just this afternoon when I let the pups out two black and yellow butterflies danced across my backyard. I watched them until they flew circling each other up into the sky. It was such a breathtakingly beautiful moment.
Since I’ve learned to slow down my life and especially my mind, I find my heart leading me more and more. One of the side effects of enduring immense pain is how brightly joy now shines in my heart. There are so many miracles around us—big and small if only we take a moment to notice. You know the saying “stop and smell the roses,” today I’m reminding you to stop and watch the butterflies. Hopefully they bring you a moment of peace and joy.
Love, Hugs, and Sunshine! <3