Graduation ~Butterflies ,Dandelions, and Taking Flight
Have you ever watched as the fluff of a transforming dandelion as it flows into the air? With a gentle breath, it releases with a slow fanciful motion as if to dance in the sky. Have you ever slowed down and watched the process of a monarch butterfly developing and then taking flight? take a minute to witness these miracles so you can see how eloquently God is in control. Graduation is among us, how did it get here so soon? I remember the first moment I knew our own miracle was growing in her cocoon. So fast she grew and now she goes like a flash. I must be dreaming...
Monarch Butterfly Takes Flight
Watching this most amazing creation of God are we not in awe of the beauty and wonder of the process as it unfolds. How it is created, then protected and cocooned and yet permitted growth in this bubble of safety. To be able to witness the development and growth, the maturity and pure beauty as the wings are elongated and reaching new length preparing to take a solo flight. The wings then slowly and with meticulous purpose spread and yet the tiny legs continue to cling to the chrysalis sac until fully grown nurtured and at long last ready to take its first flight. Finally, before your eyes it happens one tiny leg releases, the other still clinging until just the right moment and then before you are even ready it releases quickly and fIy's away with such confidence. To pursue its mission.
The Truth About a Beautiful Weed
The dandelion is a symbol, with each passing season it has gone through a process. This beautiful bud becomes the brightest yellow flower bringing pure joy with its bright ambiance. By nature, it then closes off for a bit as it reseeds the brilliant petals.
They then become white whimsical seedlings flowing in the gentle breeze. Each seedling can represent a lesson learned. Taught over time to be strong and resilient and to be shared. At last, with a gentle breath, the seedlings release in slow motion. They take a worldly flight and each seedling is whiffing through the air to then land where it is supposed to and there it will settle and seed and share its beauty once more until it resumes its bud-like form and the process continues.
Many give this beautiful flower no credit putting it down saying, “that dandelion is just a weed.” But if you remember when you were tiny how often did you reach for the bright yellow flower and pluck it quickly to place it under your chin on a sunny day to see if it showed a bright glow proving you liked butter? How often as you became that young child running rampant through a field did you stop in your tracks to pluck it once more with its snowy furry ball of seeds to release them into the air with a hefty exhalation of all the air you could muster? And as you watched them sail away into the sky you wondered where they would end up, especially if a breeze took some of the seedlings high and swept them away out of view. You know even now when the furry ball comes into view in the grassy field, you find yourself reaching for it to blow the seedlings as far and wondrously as you can. It is a sight that does not get old on a spring to summer like day. Is it just a weed when it can take you back so quickly to your beginnings? The beginnings of so many things. What if it could really take you back? What if these simple flowers had the power to rewind our stories and our times together and we could help to nurture the seeds before their flight? How would we rewrite them to make them brighter and more precious? Oh, but we would never do this, for God has all our stories written and wonderfully orchestrated. We are to just sit back and allow His plan to unfold in its wonderment. He really is so much more capable of figuring it all out. We just need Faith and Trust in Him. Always!
And so dearest child you were ours for awhile and in many ways always will be. You were in our hearts before we knew you. We dreamed of you before you were born. God gave you dear beautiful girl to us. We are so thankful to have been chosen for you, to hold in a cocoon and protect with God’s capable hands guiding us. We were so very blessed to watch you formation of those beautiful monarch wings. And like the dandelion you will make all weeds in your life beautiful for Him. Because we know He is for you and we know He your heavenly Father has great plans for your life and your journey ahead. We are given a moment in time to nurture a child and teach them in the ways of God. Then we release them to their life of service and pray they soar on eagle’s wings, that they are high and lifted up.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, ”declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We could not be prouder of our beautiful butterfly, for we know her heart; only second to God and for that we have been truly blessed. We will always be here for her to come home to until one day when we all go home together to be with God our Father in heaven. Until that day sweet girl continues to be polished in His Word, hungry and passionate to glorify Him, Live for Him and nothing will keep you from soaring in life with a joyful heart in service to your KING.
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