The warm breezes of autumn are refreshing after the cool nights. I was in a parking lot, sitting in my truck, enjoying a few minutes watching something some folks might never observe or realize its significance. I was observing one of the silent migrations that take place at this time of year and no; it is not the Canadian goose.
This traveling band is headed for a Mexican vacation to avoid winter. Are they rushing? Does dipping, weaving and fluttering sound like they are in a hurry? Heavens no! It’s the yearly phenomenal migration of the Monarch, which only travels in nice weather.
Try as I might, I can’t imagine a frail butterfly traveling 2000 miles til winter is over. I saw around 50 while I sat there that day, a fraction of the 300 million that are navigating their way on the longest insect migration in the world. Many begin their journey in Toronto. Their destination-a few small forests in Mexico.
In 2007 a documentary crew using an ultra-light aircraft with wings colored like what else, a Monarch butterfly, filmed their flight.
You and I are migrating at a much slower pace. It will take the Christian his entire life to reach his final destination. Along the way, many dangers, snares and would be well-wishers stand between our goal of heaven and us.
While the butterfly has its distinct marking of orange and black, Christians have the blood of Christ that distinguishes them from the rest of society. It is a person’s decision to follow Christ that is the catalyst, beginning the journey to be with and enjoy the company of the Lord.
Psalms 37 is a wonderful Psalm for the Christian to meditate on for this lifetime journey of trusting God. There are many pleasant fields the butterflies could take sanctuary in along their path, but instinct says “no.” Man is given many options and “sure things” along his walk with Christ, but he must remember where he is headed.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
It’s so easy to be sidetracked and unbelievably sometimes even other Christians can have opinions on what is best for us that lead us astray. My friend, no one but you and God can know what is in your heart. He does not lead us off course, even if it seems like that to others from time to time. Trust God.
In Psalms 37, we are told not to worry our pretty little heads about people who have no interest in our reaching our destination or that try to turn us around or get us worked up into a frenzy because of the roadblocks ahead. The Lord laughs at those who plot “…against the just, and gnashes upon him with his teeth,” (verse 12).
For those who worry about “what if this happens, or what if that happens.” This great psalm brings refreshing solace. If we could keep it in our minds that God has our days planned. That’s hard for the “baby” in Christ, but even mature Christians often let what is happening around them cloud their vision and slow their upward journey to heaven. You not only have to know what the Bible says, you have to believe it.
God is acquainted with our circumstances and our ability to bear them. He will do one of two things, shorten the trial or increase our power. God is our portion, here and in the hereafter.
God says in 37:34, “Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.”
Living in the spirit of obedience to God is the only way we can hope of walking into the land from which we are exiles. Our salvation is of the Lord. When people wonder how you go through what you go through in this life make sure you direct them to your Father, which is in Heaven, who gives you strength as your days and in the time of trouble.
Christians, who are truly walking toward God, draw people like magnets. Unknown to the unbeliever, it is the one who lives within a Christian who beckons them.
The peace that surrounds a Christian can only come from God. Think about it. When does the world tell you to remain calm? No, they are to busy telling you to watch out for this and that. A believer remains calm because he trusts in the Lord, while the nonbeliever falls apart. When asked why, opportunity again presents itself to witness for the Lord.
Along the butterflies journey many are splattered on windshields, dinner for a bird or their wings wear out. If they knew it from the get go it wouldn’t matter. Their instinct for this velvet flight is too strong.
God tells us that our life will have many difficulties, but he will deliver us from them all and in the end, we will be with him. Not all that start, finish. How is your homing device working? Perhaps you just need new batteries-read Psalm 37, get recharged and keep on walking. Heaven awaits!