A Butterfly in the Wind
Margaret Swartz of Fairbanks, AK, USA
For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the LORD, who has compassion on you. -Isaiah 54:10
Navigating the storm of conflict is like a butterfly trying to land on a flower in the wind. The struggle is exhausting. It can seem an impossible task. It’s tempting to give up. Yet if peace is to succeed globally, nationally, and personally, we must stand firm in the effort to resolve the divisive situations and issues which plague our lives. It requires dedicated, hard work.
The butterfly I watched never gave up. It kept changing its angle of approach, riding the air current to stay as close to the flower head as it could. It was pushed away and battered by strong gusts of violent air. Still it persisted until the wind lessened sufficiently for it to latch onto the petals. Once attached, it remained despite the wind, taking the nourishment it needed and fulfilling its purpose as a pollinator.
The promise of our loving God is to be the provider of strength and fortitude during stress and crisis. We are called to trust that provision and be persistent in the pursuit of peace. Conflict lives in texted words and violent war zones. It lives in hidden places and on public forums. It is a storm of global proportion and devastating in its power to harm. We are challenged to bring graceful movement and loving attention to those who suffer the hurricane of emotion stirred by conflict. Our purpose is to be a butterfly in the wind.
Wherever I am, God is here.
Breathe deeply and prayerfully consider the story you have just read. What is the Spirit’s invitation to you in these words? What does it look like to wake up to God’s presence in this moment?
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