Saturday, July 30, 2011

I thank God....

Linking up with Charlotte and Ginger at Spiritual Sunday

"How does one become a butterfly? she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." Paulus Trina

We watched a 3D Imax movie the other day....'Bugs.' I expected it to be some gross show about insects....but it wasn't at all. I loved how they detailed the life cycle of various bugs and personified them. They showed how everything in creation has a purpose.....even down to the smallest living thing.

What I loved best.....watching a little caterpillar's journey to becoming a butterfly. When she formed her cocoon, it held onto a branch by one thin silk-like thread. That's it. When the time was right, the inside of the cocoon liquified and the metamorphosis began.....the caterpillar became a gentle butterfly...and learned how to fly. 

It made me think....how I once held onto a thin thread of hope.....and then His gentle touch....melted the hardness.....helped me break free...taught me how to fly. 

That butterfly became prey to a praying mantis. All that was left....it's wings floating in the river. The kids and I felt sad at first....but then......the narrator declared the butterfly's life although brief, was not wasted. It showed another little caterpillar.....coming out of its shell...starting the cycle again. ...a result of that butterfly's life. 

I want my life to have purpose....to give life to others....to help them break free and learn how to fly.  

I thank God for His love.....I thank God for life.....

33 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Sarah,
Thanks for sharing this. I think your life is a wonderful example of God's love and healing; a beautiful instrument in His symphony! I appreciate how you reach out to others every day through your writings and blog. Have a delightful weekend, my friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I love the miracle of life even if it is Bugs. I will try to see the movie.

Dianne ... Walking In His Grace said...

Thank you Sarah for your testimony of God's Love and all you share. :)
God Bless you, and I know He does.
Dianne :)

RCUBEs said...

Amazing how an ugly creature becomes so beautiful, stage by stage...until free! It gave me an awesome imagination of what God's love does to those who believe in Him...Thank you. Blessings to you sister.

Finally Free said...

Sarah,
Love the quote....and the butterfly.

Blessings and hugs my sweet friend,
Tammy

Whidbey Woman said...

Awesome post, Sarah. God bless you!

Ginny said...

I haven't heard of this movie before, only the cartoon...I think when that thin thread is held at the other end by God, it is strong as steel!!!

Just Be Real said...

lovely sarah

Cathy said...

Beautiful! She is so precious. Thanks for sharing this.

Virginia said...

Beautiful post Sarah…
Have Blessed Sunday !

Angel said...

What a wonderful, inspiring post! Love the quote you used too. The idea of learning to fly and helping others do the same is beautiful. Blessings to you!

Dulce said...

And yes, life is a circle, perfect circle... and a pendulum which will always come back in case we find it now hard ..to fly

Beautiful post , my dearest!

Pain to Purpose said...

this was a beautiful and encouraging post!

Andrea said...

I, too long for purpose...to live a life well lived:)
Great post!
Hugs,
andrea

Lisa notes... said...

"…although brief, not wasted…"

I want my life to have purpose too. May the Lord bless both of us with opportunities to see and seize the purpose he has for us!

Chatty Crone said...

The butterfly works so hard to get free doesn't it?

Cinner said...

You know my yard has been full of butterflies lately...i too long for purpose. blessings dear one and thank you for all you do. you lifted my spirits today. hugs.

micey said...

thanks for sharing this

TheBlogWriter8 said...

I love these Mommy kind of things you do with the kids!

Shanda said...

This was so beautiful: that you hung on by a thread and turned into a praying mantis. Such beauty, power and passion in your words.

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for your beautiful post, Sarah. To me, a butterfly is definitely a symbol of hope and renewal. Blessings to you!

Kaye - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a wonderful story! And PRAISE GOD for no kidney stone! :)

Charlotte said...

Beautiful story. I love how God changes things...caterpillar to butterfly, fear to trust, and so forth. He creates and recreates, from glory to glory. What an amazing God we have!

Thank you for sharing the movie.
Charlotte/For Such A Time As This

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds very interesting. I think the caterpillar/butterfly change is one of the most fascinating things in life. Love the analogy here. We are often hanging by a single thread in life.

Michelle said...

I love this post.

It makes me think if one wants to be Christian they must be willing to give up their life and live for Christ.

Natasha in Oz said...

A beautiful metaphor for life's journey Sarah. Great post!

Take care and best wishes for a lovely week.
Natasha.

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Sarah, lovely post emphasizing that all of God's creatures are designed with a purpose. What a beautiful thought.
I also liked the idea of hanging by a silk thread--that's all we need is that connection to the Lord. He does the rest.
God bless your week.
Janis

Prayer Notes by Cynthia said...
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Prayer Notes by Cynthia said...

Oh, the beauty of a life lived for others.... A life given so that others may have a chance to fly. Amen, my Sister in Christ!

P.S. I couldn't get the Amazing Grace link on youtube-but, I placed it on my blog months ago:
http://prayernotesbycynthia.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-cant-remember-but-i-can-feel-it.html

char72 said...

Sounds like a terrific movie and the video is precious. Thank you for the encouragement you bring to me each week.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Stephani said...

I love this post, and love how God teaches us through seemingly small things.

Pamela said...

Enjoyed the butterfly story. We always are saddened by death, but the influence of our time here on earth is immeasurable.

The video was a blessing.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Sarah Nikki,
Amen, my desires align with yours. I want to affects the lives of others as well, and hopefully, I am doing so............

Have seen Rhema before and what a precious lil darling she is.........and what a story she has at such a young age, and how God is using her.
Thanks for sharing that, she makes my heart glad and puts a smile on my face and in my heart everytime I see and hear her.

Very nice to meet you hear in blogland. and you
have a great thankful list, loved the quote by Melanie Beatty about gratitude, how true that is. I am familiar with Melanie as well, thru codependent no more!!

I have a thankful Thursday post I do every Thursday as well, so come check me out if you like!!

Blessings for a peaceful weekend,
Nellie