Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Read What's New Join
Faith
Writers
Forum
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Read Our Devotional             2016 Opportunities to be Published             Detailed Navigation

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!




 
Encouragement PLEASE ENCOURAGE
AUTHOR BY COMMENTING


  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
Wounded Butterfly
by Gerald Shuler 
01/27/08
For Sale
Author requests article critique


  Mail
 





I was sitting in my garden the other day witnessing an amazing sight. Dozens of beautiful butterflies were flitting gracefully from one flower to another, and then another and another. Their wings were an endless spectrum of awe-inspiring colors, ranging from subdued blacks and browns to brilliant shades of orange, blue and indigo. And yet it wasn’t the spectacular beauty or the never ceasing activity of the butterflies that had grabbed my attention. It was the struggles of one single butterfly, clearly different from the others, that held me spellbound.

This butterfly was doomed, I thought, to endure a totally insignificant and unfulfilled life. He had once been as beautiful and graceful as the others...you could still see the ornate design on his wings and the electric blue color that seemed, even now, to shimmer in faded rays of the setting sun. But, unlike the other butterflies who floated so lightly from flower to flower, this outcast clung tightly to the flower he was visiting. It seemed he had no choice because, evidently, a bird, or some other ill-intentioned malefactor had ripped away a huge part of the butterfly’s right wing. As I studied the actions of this miserable creature I felt certain that at any moment the butterfly would lose all hope, and with it, all strength and simply slip from the flower, fall to the ground and unceremoniously be eaten by the first predator to happen along.

But, to my amazement, the opposite was the reality I watched unfold. The wounded butterfly began to rapidly move what was left of his tattered wings until, unsteadily, he lifted his body off the flower and made a quick but successful hobble-flight to the next flower where he landed and again clung tightly, looking like he would fall at any moment. He stayed only a moment and then began his unsteady hobble-flight to the next flower. I was amazed. Here was a life whose purpose seemed to have been ended by the attack of a hungry bird. The butterfly was no longer beautiful and what good, I wondered, was a butterfly that had lost his beauty? But then I realized, as the butterfly hobble-jerked beyond my sight, that beauty never had been his purpose in life. His purpose was to help pollinate the flowers.., and this he was still determined to do. Even though life had dealt a difficult blow, this noble butterfly would not cease accomplishing what God had created him to do.

And now all I can do is cry out humbly, “Oh God, let me be so noble. Let me look beyond the difficulties of my life, beyond the things that have left me with a ‘broken wing’ and let me give glory to You as I continue, no matter what, to fulfill YOUR purpose in my life. Lord, when my time on earth is finally ended I want the world to know it was Your mercy that continued to get me flower to flower in Your garden of life.”

PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
Read more articles by Gerald Shuler  or search for other articles by topic below.




Read more by clicking on a link:
Free Reprints
Main Site Articles
Most Read Articles
Highly Acclaimed Challenge Articles.
New Release Christian Books for Free for a Simple Review.

NEW - Surprise Me With an Article - Click here for a random URL


God is Not Against You - He Came on an All Out Rescue Mission to Save You


...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Cor 5:19

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Acts 13:38

LEARN & TRUST JESUS HERE

The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 1319 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date
Judy Wilson 02 Jul 2010
A lot of wounded butterflies out there, just the title caught my attention and then you held my interest. Very good and held such meaning and ministry . Well done !
Marita Thelander  27 Jan 2008
Red Ink": I wouldn't begin sentences with “but” or “and”. Overall, it was very well written and ministered tenderly to this wounded butterfly. Thanks.




TRUST JESUS TODAY











Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com