Thursday, August 20, 2009

Birth of a Butterfly

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When we woke yesterday morning we were so VERY excited to see that we were going to have a butterfly emerge at some point during the day.

And then there was a wee bit of a tragedy that occurred. In an attempt to move the tank to a more observable location, the lid {which was not tightly on} came off the tank and the entire thing dropped on the counter. We all watched as the chrysalis broke and the main part of it fell to the bottom of the tank.

That would be about the time that the sobbing broke out. Tears rolled down the kids faces and I'm sure our neighbors wondered what could have caused such distress in our house.

I honestly wasn't quite sure what to do. Amid all the crying, I gently picked it up, set it on one of the leaves in the tank and told the kids it was time to pray. Because really ~ last I checked, we have a God who cares about the littlest details in our life and their isn't a thing that escapes His attention.

The girls set up camp around the tank and less than an hour later the thin exterior of the chrysalis began to crack and we went into 'help' mode.

Our little butterfly slowly emerged and we helped her find a place to hang and stretch out, except one of her wings wouldn't release from the chrysalis, so eventually I had to help out a little bit. Here are a few pictures of the experience.



After five hours, the smaller of the right wing was still curled up and the larger was almost normal. When we were sure that her wings were dry, the kids and I took her outside to set her free. I wasn't completely sure what to expect {and didn't think she would fly or even survive}.

More than anything today, God reminded me that He is in the little things, cares about every little detail, and if He cares enough for a little butterfly ~ imagine how much more He cares about the details of my life!



Because crumpled wings and all, that little girl flew away!

***This butterfly experience has been at the forefront of my mind a LOT and it's been such an encouragement to me. I'm hoping to share some more of the thoughts that are swirling around in my head soon!! ***

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28 comments:

  1. I agree that he is in the smallest details!

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  2. AMEN to that. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  3. That made me tear up! What a precious experience and good reminder how much He loves us.

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  4. I love your thoughts, how true!

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  5. So true! I am so glad she flew away.

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  6. What a beautiful butterfly and beautiful lesson about God! Great job, mom!

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  7. Are you trying to make me cry? Thanks for the reminder that God cares about all the details of our lives -- big or small. And really, aren't they only small when they're somebody else's details? ;-)

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  8. What a beautiful way to describe just how important we all our in our life to a loving Father above. The butterfly story was precious and shows God cares!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  9. soo true! Glad the butterfly was able to fly :-)

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  10. What a great 2 fold lesson! Science and God--WOW!

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  11. wow! God is truly amazing and His creation a wonderment of surprises when placed in HIS hands!
    Chel

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  12. That was beautiful! (speaking of both the butterfly and the post)

    :-)

    You have inspired me...gonna have to find out how to house a budding butterfly for our homeschool. What a cool thing to do!

    But the life lesson that came with it...priceless.

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  13. What a precious story. How sweet to take this concern to God - our Creator - and remind us how much He really DOES want to be in the details of our life. Sweet. Thank you.

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  14. Beautiful story...God is into details, even the small ones! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. What a wonderful lesson for your girls as well! They may not understand all of it now, but the memory of the event will come back when the Spirit needs to remind them of how very much God loves them, and cares about everything in their lives.

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  16. loved the post! What a wonderful lesson.

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  17. Nice reminder that He does care and also that he loves us, crumpled wings and all.

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  18. What an incredible thing to watch! I would have loved to sit with you and the kids as the butterfly emerged.

    My daughter (21) and I were just talking about butterflies yesterday and she said, "That's the most beautiful dang bug I've ever seen!" Our conclusion was that God is amazing in His creation.

    Thank you for this post..brought tears!

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  19. That is a good story. It's amazing how God uses the littlest creatures to teach us. God does care about everything he created:)

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  20. Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing the experience in words and in pictures!

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  21. What a great lesson to be learned. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Oh Jolanthe, what a beautiful post. {tears} And a very timely one for me to read on this day. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and encouragement to trust the Lord more.

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  23. What a beautiful story and wonderful lesson for your kids! I'm anxious to hear more of your thoughts about it.

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  24. God smiled. Your butterfly is beautiful!

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  25. Amen and thank you for sharing!
    -Melissa

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  26. I agree that God cares for even the smallest details in our lives. He can use the smallest of creatures to teach us the biggest lessons in life...

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  27. I really enjoyed reading this! The pictures were great, and the deeper meaning was...well...deep. :) Thanks for sharing this.

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