Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Butterflies And Boxes



I've always loved and been fascinated by butterflies. They're so pretty and beautiful! Their wings often make me think of the wings of angels.

This time of the year, here in the south, you will often see yellow ones fluttering all around. Why we even saw a few of them while driving down I-59 on Saturday.

I think about how light and carefree they seem as they travel about. I am often envious of that freedom.

Is it possible the reason I've always had such a fondness for these lovely little creatures, is too often, throughout my own life, I've lived in a box?

A box of my own making.

A box that allows me only to stick to that which is familiar. That which has been tested, tried and true. Oh, how I have loved that which is known and"comfortable"!

I've felt the gentle nudging of God recently to step out of my box. Leave this comfort zone. Do something differently, seek, explore new paths. See what I can see, do what I can do. Stretch out a little. Go where I must lean on Him and trust Him more.

There's no real freedom in boxes.

Really, there's not.
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*** John 8:36 - "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

*** Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

***Isaiah 40:31- "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."


(graphic @ allposters.com)

7 comments:

Mimi said...

HELLO!!!!
I love butterflies too, they represent friendships!!!
I think live outside the box for a day or two, but with the guidence of the Lord by your side!!!!
Hugs,
jamie

Susan said...

Sounds like God may be calling you out of your box and ready to show you great and wonderful things. You can trust HIM. His sheep hear His voice. I love Him so and I know you do, too.
Susan

Katherinellen said...

Debra,
Love butterflies too....I was so excited to hear that you was Laurel...right here.....Oh my goodness...Small world. Would love for you to go the the Mississppi Belle Luncheon..Rosemarie (Surgarplum Cottage)is from Laurel.... And Carol (Writer's Porch)live about 2 miles from WDAM. We all need to ride together....It would be so much fun...Yeah! You are welcome to call me 601 319 6566...I am so happy to meet you...My favorite verse is what you put on the post...Phil. 4:13...He is my strength and my all. Katherinellen

Kellie H said...

Praise God that we're allowed the option of freedom, even though we are so unworthy of it! I'll be praying for you and your "stepping outside of the box". Love ya friend

Grayquill said...

My personal favorite is Gal 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free...
What is important is what are we set free of?
Fear is a great tool of Satan's to keep us bound up.
Sometimes I ask myself the question, What's the worse that can happen - if it aint so bad I go for it.
I'm cheering for you!

jennifer said...

AWESOME point... No freedom in a box! I can't wait to hear where he leads you.

Bluebirds have always touched me the way butterflies do you. I have an instant lift of spirit when I spot them.

Maxine said...

That was a beautiful post, Debra. Pray that you heed God's call. Who knows where you'll fly?