Photo from Flight of Hope
I love children, but I know God loves them infinitely more. God desires each one to be valued above the most exquisite diamond, to be loved unconditionally, and to be nurtured into God’s unique purpose for each of them.
Years ago, during a summer class I took when I updated my teaching license, this poem captured my heart:
A child is like a butterfly in the wind.
Some can fly higher than others;
But each one flies the best it can.
Why compare one against the other?
Each one is different.
Each one is special.
Each one is beautiful.
I haven’t been able to find out who authored these sentiments, but God knows, and I believe He wholeheartedly agrees.
This not only applies to children, but to us as adults. Each one of us once was a child, still have a child within us, and have just as much value in God’s eyes. No matter who you are or where you are at in life, God wants you to be valued, loved, and nurtured for His glory. No matter how filthy the muck you’re in or how ugly others make you out to be, God sees you as His beautiful creation. In Jesus’ love, you are special, loveable, and capable.
This is what I want to focus on in my life and in my writing. I believe that in Christ’s love, everyone is someone. For this reason I have created this site and am now blogging my first post (though I have transferred previous blogspot posts).
I guess you figured out by now why I chose butterflies for my theme. 🙂 I believe that each of you who enters this page is like a butterfly in the wind of life. Each of you is different, but each of you is special and beautiful in God’s eyes. As Max Lucado phrases it, “The One who has the right to condemn you provided the way to acquit you. You make mistakes. God doesn’t. And He made you.”
God created each one of us for a reason, and He can free us to fulfill His purpose. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36) Each of us can be set free in Jesus, free from sin and shame, free from insecurity, legalism, abuse, fear, bitterness, or whatever else keeps us from flying free to be who God intended us to be. In Christ’s loving sacrifice, each of us is like a butterfly – unique, beautiful, and flying free.