Oh, God! I was so afraid!
During the sixth month of pregnancy, thirty plus years ago, I finally ventured out of the bed where I spent the first five months — hoping, begging God to let me keep my baby.
With years of infertility and two miscarriages in my medical chart, the chances for a normal birth were slim.
In June of that year, I waddled out to the backyard’s sunshine and stretched out on the chaise lounge. With my hand over my extended belly, I prayed again for the child within.
Protect him, please. Keep him healthy. I want to hold him. I need you to encourage me, God. Help me. I’m afraid.
Hardly daring to breathe, I watched as his wings opened and closed in a foreshadow of blessing.
As the baby moved, I wondered if the monarch might startle and fly away. But he rode the wave, stayed in position and kept his gaze on my face.
For over an hour, the three of us — butterfly, unborn child and scared Mama — baked in the sun, ingested the natural vitamin D and shared in worship.
Then the monarch carefully lifted off, floated around me a couple of times, drank deeply from my colorful zinnia garden and disappeared into the clouds.
Encouraged, I returned to the house and journaled about my experience. Renewed and ready to face whatever was destined to happen during the next few months.
God often uses his creation to encourage, uplift and remind us he is indeed greater than our problems.
Since he is the one who manipulates cellular metabolism, hangs the stars in his front yard and whispers, “Peace be still” in the middle of storms — he can certainly deal with our everyday stresses.
How many scenarios does he manage, helping us when we aren’t alert enough to look for him?
How many traffic accidents are stopped, cancer cells deleted or guns silenced because God showed up?
Perhaps in heaven, we’ll watch a giant video screen and see the divine image beside our sick child, walking down the aisle with us as we graduate or smiling as we choose our first car.
Like the butterfly’s appearance, God is with us, longing to soothe our fears and direct us toward the best path for our lives.
Because of my experience with the monarch, I planted and nurtured a butterfly bush in my back yard. Red clover now grows around the perimeter while a giant sedum waits in one corner for October offerings of sweet nectar.
These plants attract monarchs every year and continue to remind me God is near.
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