Leaving my classroom and trekking to the Parent-Teacher Store, I get out of my car and notice something. There, on my right shoulder is a butterfly. In my 29 years, has that ever happened? These kind of things only happen to other people in books. Or Disney movies. Am I right?
I just stood there, watching it for a moment. It was almost as if God was telling me He knew I needed some encouragement.
And so I tried to coax it on my finger, thinking it would fly away. This was one compliant butterfly, because it stayed right on my hand. I just stood there and marveled at it a moment longer, then finally had to take it to the front door and leave it.
Those five minutes just remind me that we do have a loving Father. One who cares, when we are running errands, when we feel unnoticed. He tells us in Isaiah: "I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and will carry you." Isaiah 46:4
In this summer of constant motion, when all I want is a respite, it's so comforting to know the Lord is there. And He understands.