Chasing Butterflies

Husband Alan McKean (Time Travel writer and I took a Saturday drive looking for new photos. One place was especially beautiful; it was a flat, uninspiring stretch of gravel road with weeds on one side and exposed rocks at low tide on the other…but it had butterflies.

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Blackberry vines bloomed, shouldered by ranks of pert yellow and white wildflowers, and even some clumps of purple. Lovely white cabbage butterflies settled over the wild foliage like falling clouds. I wanted a picture.

My exercise for the day came from following those lively butterflies up and down the road in an attempt to get a picture. They were shy and easily startled by motion—which I suppose is wise for an insect that small. Long story short…I did not get a picture of the white butterflies.

That failure reminded me of all the white butterflies I’ve chased in my lifetime in the form of wrong relationships, wrong desires, wrong career choices, and wrong lifestyles. I am so thankful to God for the ones I never caught. Looking back, I can see the dangerous places I would have tread to catch a butterfly. God is too good to be cruel, too wise to make mistakes.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for all the butterflies I never caught either on camera or in my hand.

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“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to all; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to hear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

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7 thoughts on “Chasing Butterflies

  1. Hi Stephanie, what a lovely little post! I love that analogy about chasing the wrong things 🙂 I have to admit that I actually do not like butterflies at all (long story) so I will remember the next time I see one darting towards me in the garden. Yes, it’s true that we often chase the wrong things. I’m going to ask the Lord to refocus my attention on the things I should be chasing. Thanks for a great read!

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Yes, I’ve been guilty of wrong chasing too. It’s something I have to pray about. God bless and keep you and I hope you get to enjoy the colors and lightness of flight of butterflies even if you never like the insects themselves. But God gives us freedom of choice. No one is obligated to like butterflies!

  2. Hi Steph, Always love reading your posts. Very beautiful!
    (I’ve ‘fixed’ (or probably made it worse) my website’s design, do you think it’s okay? I ask because you’re a pro at this!)

  3. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate them. I’m not a pro, believe me. I don’t really know how to do anything except what you see on my blog and most of that – like adding the tweet box and the books I did by accident. In fact, you reminded me that I need to try to add another. I bought a WordPress whatever they call it so I could have pretty colors. To me, the price is worth it ($99 a year) because I honestly don’t know how to do anything else or fancy and haven’t had time to learn.To my shame, I’m also mentally lazy and don’t put as much effort into learning new things as I should. However, I will gladly go to your website and let you know. God bless, and thank you.

    • I just read the rules, etc., and I can’t do it right now. I just don’t have time. It’s nearly bedtime here in the UK. I’ll have to see what tomorrow’s schedule looks like after the community lunch and prayer service at our church. But, again, thanks!

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