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What Do Butterflies Do on a Windy Day?

Date Published: June 21, 2017
Published By: Kate Finney

I was taking a walk the other day and it was windy! My hair was blowing in my face and the flags in the park were wrapped around their poles. I watched some leaves blow by, too quick to catch and then…I saw a butterfly. And I thought to myself - “What do butterflies do on a windy day?” I watched it for a while to see if it would tell me the answer. Here is what I found out:

  • They flap their wings harder
  • They change direction
  • They don’t stop flying

The butterfly taught me a good lesson, so I’m going to share it with you. When life seems really “windy” and things are difficult, what to do you do? Sometimes, it’s easiest to just quite and say “Well, I guess I can’t do it.” or “That’s OK, I didn’t really want to do that anyway.” There are some things in life that just weren’t meant to be and it’s OK to quit when something doesn’t seem right for us, but when we try something new and we are sure we want to do it, we should behave like that butterfly.

  • That butterfly did not stop flapping his wings once, as he was trying to push against the wind. He had someplace to be and he was determined to get there.
  • When the butterfly couldn’t make any headway by just flapping harder, he changed the direction he was going and tried to fly into the wind at an angle, so he didn’t have to fly so hard. If something isn’t working, it doesn’t always mean we need to quit. It may just mean we need to try to do it differently.
  • I watched the butterfly for almost 20 minutes and no matter what happened to him, he did not stop. He had to try all sorts of different things and he must have been getting tired, but he kept going. Slowly, he made his way across the park. Things may take longer than we expect, but we will get there eventually, if we don’t stop trying.

I don’t know if butterflies pray, but we do. The greatest thing about having a little trouble in our lives is that we don’t have to do it alone. God will always help us, when we ask.

Let’s ask him right now.

Let Us Pray...

Heavenly Father, each of us has difficulties we face in our lives and you know what they are. Bless us as we face a new week and strive to be who you made us to be. Help us to know you are with us and encourage us to keep going, no matter what we are doing. In your name we pray, Amen.

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