There are many people in this world who are down and discouraged and don't
see the beauty that surrounds them. As children of the Most High God it
is our duty to be a shining beacon of hope and light letting all know that
life is worth living and God has a plan and purpose for each of us as
individuals. The Lord creates nothing without a plan and purpose behind it
and our job as encourager's is to let those who don't believe in themselves
know of the Power and Love that stands behind them ready to lead them onto
the best path for their life. Be encouraged to shine your light brightly
towards those who are feeling discouraged and let them know how special
they are and how much God truly loves them. (Matthew 5:16) (Isaiah 46:9-10)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to be an encourager towards
those who are feeling down letting them know of the beauty and love that
POOR LITTLE BUTTERFLY
“Poor little butterfly,” the young girl said. “Poor little butterfly.”
Then reaching down slowly so as to not scare it away, she slid her tiny
fingers underneath, urging it to step upon her hand.
It would appear to anyone that this delicate creature was lifeless leaving
behind remains of what once was.
But not her. She sensed something. She knew right away that there was
indeed some life left in this most fragile example of God's work.
The butterfly nearly tumbled onto her hand, wings folded straight up,
apparently unable to fly.
Then, perhaps it was the warmth of her hands or the welcoming response to
the attention it was given, but the butterfly began to walk slowly up to
“Poor little butterfly,” she repeated again as she brought it closer to
“If I could kiss you I would,” she said.
The butterfly, appearing to respond, slowly opened its wings, to reveal its
beautiful design and colors. Now open fully, the child brought it closer
and gave an angel's kiss of love.
Just off in the distance watching this precious moment, her grandmother
walked toward them.
“Oh, you have found it,” she said. “I was waiting for it and wondered
where it was.”
The child looked a bit surprised and said. “You were waiting for this
“It is sent to remind us,” grandmother said.
“But it is dying. I feel sorry for it. Don't they fly away when it gets cold?”
“Yes, they do. But one is always chosen to remain behind,” she said.
Maybe this was just grandmother's way of softening the truth so that the
child would not be saddened by the thought of the butterfly dying. But
what unfolded here was an incredible moment, an opportunity seen and taken
to teach a lesson of love.
“Why would they choose to be left behind?” the child asked as she gently
stroked the butterfly.
“They don't choose to be, they are chosen,” she told her.
The child looked down again and held it closer.
“It is a great honor to be chosen. The story goes that God realized that
when winter comes color disappears. The color of the flowers fade into the
earth and all the delicate butterflies leave for warmer places. So, God
decided that one should remain to remind us of the beautiful world He has
created and the promise of Spring's return.”
The child looked down and then lifting her head slowly, she whispered, “And
I found it, grandmother.”
“Yes, and with that you have a great responsibility,” she said as she held
the young girl's face in her hands.
“You must now take time to see God's colors in the darkness of winter. You
must be the sunshine. You must help those who have forgotten how beautiful
life is, to see the color of God's love for them.”
“Oh, grandma. I don't know how to,” she said.
“It is simple. Be yourself. People believe only what they see. Like the
flowers and butterflies. But God makes people beautiful inside. It is up
to us to bring that beauty out by loving each other, helping each other
and when we find someone who has fallen, just like that butterfly, it is
up to us to pick them up, caress them and care for them. For one day it
may very well be His Chosen One left behind.”
The child moved closer to her grandmother as they sat admiring God's messenger.
Take time to see the beauty, the colors of God in the people around you.
You too may find the “Poor little butterfly!”
By Bob Perks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so
fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when
he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work,
and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them
that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not
every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself
of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men.”
Revelation 22:12-14 Jesus declares “And, behold, I come quickly; and My
reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I Am
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed
are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of
Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: PRAYER FOR INNER HEALING
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HE HAS A PURPOSE FOR US
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony153.htm
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry