Monday, November 13, 2006

A Monarch and Thee Monarch

1John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

I have been contemplating fear in my life. What are my fears? What are the lies behind them and what are the Truths I need to abolish the fear? I've been taking my fears to the Lord in the form of questions. 'What if I get it wrong? What if I misunderstand you? What if I make a mistake?'
I was in one of these internal conversations when my eye wandered to an article by Randy Boswell in the National Post. Here is a small portion of the article:

A monarch butterfly, apparently blown thousands of kilometres off course during its fall migration from Canada to Mexico, has crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed in the backyard green house of Britain's foremost lepidopterist.
The miracle monarch "flew into my garden last Friday," said Clive Farrell, founder of London's popular Butterfly House tourist attraction.
Described as being in "almost perfect"condition with only a slight tear to one wing, Mr. Farrell's guest is set to make entomological history.
It is believed Mr. Farrell's butterfly was part of a flock forced -- possibly by hurricane gusts --to make an exhausting, non-stop 5,000 kilometre transatlantic journey before finding a place to land.
The arrival and capture of the wayward monarch defies all odds and is a "one-in-50-year thrill"

I felt the Spirit of Jesus say to me, 'See what I did? I did it for you. I see the winds of the hurricane, the lack of food, the fatigue and the strain. Rest in me; do not be afraid and do not doubt me. I carried this butterfly through the winds of a hurricane, across a vast and dangerous ocean, and I placed him in the garden of a butterfly expert to feed and care for him. My eye is on the butterfly, how much more important are you to me than the butterfly.'
When I am afraid I will remember the monarch butterfly and The Monarch who carried him.

With skillful hands He led them. (Psalm 78:72)


At 4:45 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Isn't He gracious?

At 1:19 AM, Blogger Cheryl of the Wilds of C said...

He is indeed!

At 1:02 PM, Blogger XtnYoda said...

A wonderful story Cheryl! Thank you for your openness about the struggle with "fear". Fear can paralyze of course, but it is also necessary. I often think of it as I think of pain...what would this life be without pain? We would just be numb to the harmful things around us...pain tells us we are alive and points to a need. When I have pain I first thank God that I can feel then tend to it as best as I can.

Fear can be the same.

XtnYoda Shalomed

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Cheryl of the Wilds of C said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, xtnyoda.

I must confess I have never equated fear with pain apart from the role fear plays in causing pain. I agree with your thoughts on pain but will have to spend some time pondering fear in the same light. My initial reaction is to disagree with you on the basis of the scripture quoted at the top of this post. I tend to think pain serves a very different purpose from fear. I will think further on your perspective. Thank you for sharing it.


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