SGLY: The key to flight
There was a pause on the other end of the line. A pause that was just long enough to mean good news or bad news. Was she open to love again after so many years?
"So, how do you feel?" I asked again.
"This will be the first time in over 15 years that I will go to sleep with butterflies in my stomach," she beamed.
"I'm so excited for you!" I shouted.
The following day I awakened with her still on my mind. This beautiful woman in her mid-70's found something new and old. She discovered a new love and revived butterflies that had long been dormant.
We often forget the beauty of butterfly wings when they have long been tucked into themselves. Only in their flight are we truly reminded of the miracle of their design. God did not have to put color on their wings to enable them to fly. A butterfly’s mosaic design illustrates His creativity, purposefulness, and desire to gift us beyond our imagination.
The spectacular colors upon a butterfly's wings may alert others to danger, be a source of camouflage, or be used for courtship. Like the butterfly, God has shared with each of us His artist's palette. We are created with exceptional care and individuality: skin and hair color, birthmarks, height, bone structure, personality, etc.
We can spend so much time thinking of past wrongs that we perceive any new possibility as a danger—an impossible dream that is bound to be crushed in the course of reality. Have you ever met someone who has a knack for talking themselves out of something good? Even if based on legitimate experiences, fear can talk us right out of a blessing God has prepared and set at our table.
We can also get comfortable doing without. This has shown itself tenfold during the past year with the remoteness COVID has caused. More people work remotely. Some distant themselves to the point of being camouflaged—hiding in our "new normal" with only small spurts of flight. We have become accustomed to loving from a distance, almost forgetting what a good conversation, hug, or tender kiss feels like. And in our forgetting, we become more and more camouflaged.
But let us not forget the other purpose for a butterfly's colorful wings: courtship. This may seem in opposition to their colors giving warnings or protection from predators—the first two reasons deflect attention, but the last welcomes it.
Many can relate. It is often hard for us to trust one another. We spend a lot of time observing and watching, anticipating what may go wrong more than what may go right. But God gave us a desire to engage—to be relational. Even at the core of our spirituality, God desires most to have an eternal relationship with us.
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." (Revelation 3:20).
How many times have we heard the knock but remained undecided in fear? How can God put a blessing on our table if we are too afraid to let Him in the house? In our heart? In our mind and our soul?
"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind'" (Matthew 22:37).
God will get done what He desires. We are not needed for God to be God. However, God utilizes people to help accomplish His plans. And He chooses to color our world with love. We must choose to seek it, receive it, and give it.
There is no age limit on loving, and we never expire from the need to be loved. No matter if we have become hermits in our habits or fearful of being hurt, we will never stop being drawn to the door—for love is the key.
Charles Dickens said, "A very little key will open a very heavy door."
May we not give up on being seekers of possibility. May we not stop spreading our wings and pursuing love and Love Himself, no matter the heaviness of our past or our fears of the unknown.
God knows the colors upon your wings. He put them there not because He had to, but because He loves you. You are a miracle by design from start to finish—the whole of your life. May you soar on faith and hope today and for always.
SGLY, dear reader.
(Smile, God Loves You.)
Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. Submit feedback and connect for more soul lifts on Facebook: Tiffany Kaye Chartier; Instagram:@tiffanysgly; and Twitter: @tiffanychartier. The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Texoma Marketing and Media Group.