Butterflies of Hope: I Am With You Always, My Child

As I walked a nature trail towards the beginning of summer, memory triggers swept through my heart and left me desolate, alone, and afraid. Help me, God! I’m sinking fast!

Lift your eyes and look around you, My child.

I tried so hard to see His love and care in His creation around me, but still those memories of past pain and betrayal kept sucking the life out of my soul.

I sat down on a bench, tears ready to gush forth, my soul pleading for strength and comfort. My eyes lifted and my heart gasped with wonder. A butterfly flew in front of me along with God’s whisper – I am with you always, My child. Then another one flew by as if to confirm God’s promise.

As I walked back to my van, my heart was still heavy with grief from the past, but a hope arose in my soul that God would again get me through this tough spot.

God graciously continued to send me reminders throughout the summer. When my heart was despondent as I drove home from the doctor, one flew a couple of feet in front of the windshield. As I reclined in my chair, feeling sick and drained of energy, one fluttered past the window. And many other times, as one flew by, I had to smile as a calmness seeped into my soul.

One day I told some of my grandkids how when I see a butterfly it’s like God is whispering to me – I am with you always, My child.

“Boy, Grandma, He must have really been yelling it then when we went to the butterfly house!” Lexi said.

One of my counted blessings this summer was when one of my granddaughters, Lexi, asked me to go to the butterfly house with her. 🙂

Some butterflies had broken wings. God helps the broken to fly! 🙂

Butterflies convey God’s message of hope to me, and I’m awed how often He sent them to me this summer. But I’m trying to remember His promise isn’t any less true when the butterflies don’t come.

“And be sure of this:
I am with you always,
even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20b

The promise of God being with us doesn’t come and go like a butterfly. He has promised He will be with us, and He will be, whether or not we can feel it.

Yes, it can be so hard to grasp and hold onto the promise of God’s faithfulness with our weak and shaky hands. But it’s a comfort that even when we can’t hold on, He won’t let us go. He will hold us up with His victorious right hand!

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 NLT

“Faithful”
by Sarah Reeves

“Even when I cannot see, You are moving
Even when I cannot hear, You are singing over me
Even when I can’t hold on, You won’t let me go
You are faithful, You are faithful

Hallelujah
My soul will sing
Hallelujah
You are good to me
You are faithful, always faithful…”

36 thoughts on “Butterflies of Hope: I Am With You Always, My Child

  1. Amen, Trudy. I don’t know the pain you carry, but I have days I get weighed down by the past too – I am so thankful God holds us tight through it all, opening our eyes to see what He sees. Great His faithfulness to us, morning by morning His mercies anew.

    Praying today for many more moments like the ones with these butterflies for you and for His Body to surround you in love, prayer and encouragement, to lift you up in Jesus, especially on those days you feel the weight the most. Thank you for being real – you encourage me.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers, Anna. I’m so glad you were encouraged. Being vulnerable isn’t easy, is it? Abuse and betrayal are devastating, aren’t they? I’m sorry you get weighed down sometimes, too. But yes, God holds us tight through it all. I pray you will daily be lifted up in Jesus, too! May our hearts ever be open to see God’s faithfulness, even when our hearts are heavy!

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  2. How beautiful your granddaughter is, Trudy, and what lovely memories you made together at the butterfly house! Yes, when I see a butterfly, I, like you, am always reminded of God’s constant love and care for all of us. I’m so glad He could touch you so powerfully at those moments when all seemed lost. Praying for you, my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Martha, for your prayers and kind words. Yes, my granddaughter is beautiful, inside and out. As are all of my 15 (+3 as 3 are married already) grandkids and 3 great-grandkids. It’s not always easy with so many to spend one-on-one time with each one, so it was special that Lexi asked me to go with her as her 17-year-old life is very busy. 🙂 But whether one on one time or several together, times with grandkids are lovely memories, aren’t they? I love each of them so very much! You know the feeling. 🙂 May we daily open the eyes of our hearts to see God’s constant love and care for us!

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  3. Dear Trudy,
    Oh He is so faithful to us! Your words here especially touched me: “Yes, it can be so hard to grasp and hold onto the promise of God’s faithfulness with our weak and shaky hands. But it’s a comfort that even when we can’t hold on, He won’t let us go. He will hold us up with His victorious right hand!” Our weaknesses don’t hinder His great strength, as He will hold us up when we cannot keep going! Thank you so much for sharing from your heart. Monarch butterflies speak of His same Presence to me, and this summer the Lord increased the blessing to use them in my daughter’s life also, when she went through a deep trial. I am so very grateful that He meets us there in the middle of our pain. You are in my prayers, Dear Friend. May you be blessed with His great love today!

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    1. Oh yes, Bettie! It’s such an incomprehensible wonder that our weakness don’t hinder His great strength! He will hold us up when we cannot keep going! I’m so grateful God used butterflies for your daughter, too. I know she was devastated. Is she feeling held up? I pray God will carry her, too. I have to share something with you. 🙂 This morning I took a little walk. Just as I was praying for you and other friends I met through blogging, a monarch flew only about a yard in front of me! A peace came into my heart that God is with those I prayed for, too. He’s got you and them in His care. 🙂 Most of the butterflies God has brought to me are Monarchs, but a couple of times it was a Tiger Swallowtail. Thank you for your continuing support and prayers! May we daily cling to and rest in our Lord’s never-ending faithfulness and compassion!

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      1. Oh, Trudy what a special gift from the Lord, just as you were praying today! Thank you for sharing that with me, it is such an encouragement. And, yes, my daughter really is feeling held by the Lord. But I know she appreciates your prayers also, as it is never easy. God is so compassionate to us! Blessings & Hugs! xoxo

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  4. Trudy, how kind of God to use butterflies to remind you of His presence during this hard summer! (I feel the same way about cardinals, by the way.) I’m so glad you could share this with your lovely granddaughter … those are the kinds of lessons kids carry close with them always. Hugs, friend!

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    1. Hugs to you, too, Lois! It’s amazing how sometimes it’s in the deep valleys that He sends us signs of His love and faithfulness, isn’t it? We rarely see cardinals here. I pray God will send you many of them as you walk through this difficult journey of life! I know this past year or so has been extra difficult for you. May we always remember that God is always holding us up with His victorious right hand!

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  5. I love the photos of the butterflies and of your granddaughter, and that God gave you so many reminders of his presence with you this summer. It’s reassuring that he is always with us even when we can’t feel it but it is lovely that he gives us these reminders sometimes just when we need them! Love and hugs!

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    1. Love and hugs back to you, Lesley! Yes, it truly is reassuring that God is always with us even when we can’t feel it. I’m so grateful though that He sends us visible reminders sometimes just when we need them. I often thought though this summer how much I need to remember to keep the eyes of my heart open to see them. So often in my life my eyes were turned inward to the pain, and I missed so many evidences of God’s faithfulness. But God is ever patient with us, isn’t He? May we keep our eyes fixed on the only One who will never, ever fail us, hurt us, or abandon us!

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  6. Dear Trudy,
    So true: “The promise of God being with us doesn’t come and go like a butterfly. He has promised He will be with us, and He will be, whether or not we can feel it.” I pray God continues to bring healing to you and your spirit, soul, and body, and that He strengthens your hope and trust in Him. You are a beautiful woman of God. Blessings, love, and hugs to you, my friend. So happy you got to enjoy butterflies this summer; they hold a special place in my heart, too.

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers and kind encouragement, Dolly. I’m so glad butterflies hold a special place in your heart, too. I could never catch a butterfly sitting still long enough for a photo this summer. Perhaps that was a reminder from our God, too, that He has freed us to fly to Jesus, in Jesus, and for Jesus. May God fill us with His love and give us grace to fly!

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  7. Hi, Trudy! Isn’t it an amazing grace how God uses His creation to minister to our deepest needs … how good He is that we don’t have to look far to find Him in action, spreading His love over and around and in us …

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    1. Oh Linda, I love that truth of Him “spreading His love over and around and in us.” Thank you. Yes, such amazing grace how He uses His creation to minister to us. May we ever be looking for Him in action!

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    1. I love it, too, Jennifer, when God speaks to us so tenderly and personally. It’s so amazing, isn’t it? I’m so glad this reminded you of the many times He has done the same for you! I’d love to hear more. 🙂 May we remember and tell of His wonderful works He has done for us!

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  8. Awwww, Trudy. I loved this post. Okay, I love all of your posts. 🙂 But seeing the butterflies . . . and seeing how God has been speaking similar messages to us makes my heart happy.

    How sweet that He sent you so many butterflies this summer to remind you that He is always present with you. That He is walking with you. And when you said this:

    ” But it’s a comfort that even when we can’t hold on, He won’t let us go. He will hold us up with His victorious right hand!”

    I’m thankful God doesn’t only hold onto us when we’re holding onto Him. He is truly amazing, isn’t He?

    I’m saying a prayer for you today, friend. And sending you love and hugs!

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    1. I love all your posts, too, Jeanne. My heart felt especially connected with yours when I read your post and saw your butterfly photos this week. Yes, our God is our Hope! 🙂 He will never, ever let us go! Yes, He is truly amazing! Thank you for your prayers. It means a lot. You are in my prayers, too. Truly. Love and hugs to you, too! May we daily remember God accepts us as we are and where we are and is constantly working to make us more like Him!

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  9. We have a butterfly post planted in our garden…but your post has given me a new view of those beautiful creatures! I will look at a butterflies now and bei reminded that God is with me always! Thank you for that beautiful object lesson, dear Trudy! God bless you beyond all you can imagine! Love and hugest of hugs to you! ❤ ❤

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    1. I’ve heard of butterfly plants, but not a butterfly post, Lynn. What is that? Is it like in the butterfly house where they set out food for the butterflies? Does it attract a lot of butterflies? It sounds awesome. Yes, I do hope you will always be reminded that God is always with you! God bless you, too! Love and hugs back to you! May we always remember that God is with us 24/7 even when we can’t feel Him!

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  10. I love how God showed up at the exact time you needed Him. The promise that comes with a butterfly is one that led you to knowing you were not alone. It is such a beautiful symbol of hope. Your pictures are beautiful and we have a conservatory in town that has a butterfly show every year. It reminds me of the butterfly house you visited with your granddaughter.

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  11. Hi Trudy! So happy to have you back. It was great to see your post in my inbox! I love this!! God has brought me much comfort thought butterflies too! They are so beautiful and such an incredible picture of the transforming power of His tender love. Thanks for sharing your heart and being so full of grace and love. sending a hug! susie

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    1. Hi Susie! It’s so great to “see” you. I’ve been thinking a lot about you. And praying, too. 🙂 I miss your inspiring poems and paintings. I hope you had a wonderful summer. Yes, I, too, love how butterflies are also a picture of the transforming power of His tender love. Too often I still feel stuck in a cocoon, but I need to remember God has freed us to fly. 🙂 Sending hugs back to you! May we remember God has given us wings to fly to Him, through Him, and for Him!

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  12. I am so happy HE answered your prayers and reminded you HE is always with you! Such a beautiful post of faith and love! You are not alone here! I’m so glad you are back “online”; I’ve missed you! ❤ I always enjoy reading your posts of hope, faith, and inspiration as we all walk our individual roads! Blessings to you, my friend!! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your kind and loving encouragement, Jennifer. As I write, I’m so often trying to encourage myself, too, of the hope there is in Jesus. I am grateful that God brought us to travel this journey of life together. Your posts always warm my hearts. I love hearing about Jack and your other animal friends. 🙂 And how God uses them to strengthen and encourage you. 🙂 Blessings to you, too! May we cling to the Truth that God is with us always!

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  13. I have been very poor at looking at blogs and even worse with commenting. My eye sight and computers don’t always cooperate. So today, I’ll stop by and say hello and copy this note into the comments. Some of you are on Facebook or Instagram, but many aren’t. As I’ve said all along, I’ve met wonderful people blogging.
    And this post was just what I needed tonight….I love butterflies too. And I see Him when I see them!

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    1. That’s ok, Anita. I’m so grateful this was what you needed. I love that butterflies have such meaning to you as well. I always love your photos of the transformation from a caterpillar to a Monarch butterfly. May Jesus keep transforming us to be more like Him!

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  14. Beautiful images and thoughts! I’m always cheered and calmed by the sight of butterflies, even if I only catch a brief glimpse out of the window. They also speak of grace and freedom to me. Thank you, Trudy, for sharing your life and faith and encouraging us greatly too. Blessings on your weekend, my friend! xo ❤

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    1. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, Joy. Yes, butterflies truly do speak of grace and freedom. 🙂 Blessings on your weekend, too! May we experience ever deeper the truth of Jesus always being with us, even when we don’t “see” or “feel” it!

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