When my children were just babies we had a butterfly tree in our front yard. It was a tree that would blossom with beautiful flowers and, along with it, came hundreds of butterflies. Beautiful orange and black monarchs would lay their eggs on the leaves of this tree and every spring we would go outside and appreciate their beauty. We would call my daughter the ‘butterfly whisperer’ because the winged creatures always seemed to land on her.

But the funny thing is we did not even notice the beauty of the tree
until the eggs hatched into a caterpillar
and the caterpillar transformed into a butterfly.

So, what’s my point?

My question is how many beautiful things do we walk by every single day without appreciating them? The beauty in the person who works along side us…The beauty in our surroundings… The beauty in ourselves…
Two scriptures have made me realize that God’s work is good whether or not I acknowledge it.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”

Genesis 1:31 (ESV) “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

Regardless of how bad things may seem or get,
God has placed beauty on the inside of each of us.
I believe learning to appreciate the small things
–the routine things –will make our hearts happy instead of bitter.

There’s no doubt that many of you have been through the storm, but there is beauty that can come from every storm. You see, my children and I didn’t know that butterfly eggs were going to be laid on the tree that fall winds blew the branches off and winter had frozen its limbs, and early spring rains would weigh its leaves down. We saw the beaten tree still standing and when the sun shined again, so did the tree. It brought forth beauty after the storm. And we can do the same.

butterfly_tree

Weeping may endure for the night, but JOY comes in the morning. Remember that the storm you are in won’t last always. There is coming a day when the sun is going to shine again and you’ll have a story to tell of how you stood even when everything in life fought against you. God brings beauty from pain and strength from trials. No matter what season you are in – no matter what stage of life – God has made you beautiful.

I encourage you today, instead of focusing on the negative, focus on the good. See the things that are going wrong in your life as things that God can turn around for your good. If we are faithful, He is willing to be strong on our behalf.

I pray the story of the butterfly tree reminds you that even though you can’t see it now, God is working.


mandyMandy Fender is a wife, mother, youth pastor, and women’s pastor who loves to share the good news of Jesus Christ. When she is not writing and spinning tales, she is spending time with her family and church family. She’s a book lover, animal lover, and most importantly a Jesus lover. She lives in the great state of Texas with her family and mean-mugging bulldog Ziggy Zoo. Current books she has authored are Beautifully Broken, Pretty Little Truths, and Defier: The Girl Who Stood.
Connect with Mandy online:
http://mandyfender.com/
https://twitter.com/mandyfender11
https://www.facebook.com/mandyfender11