Have you ever watched a butterfly flying around on a beautiful spring day? They don’t seem determined, zooming toward their destination like bees. Their path is anything but straight, and they seem to rely on the wind to guide them.
Many people are like butterflies. They are beautiful wanderers, going wherever they like on a whim, as if directed by the changing winds, but God set you and I apart for something more.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
The Lord sets us apart when we submit to him, and he makes our paths straight. There’s nothing more frustrating than driving around in circles, lost, sometimes afraid or flat-out angry. I believe when the scripture says he makes our paths straight, it means he makes us to live our lives the way he planned them, in his perfect design.
The scripture makes it clear. It is up to us whether our path is straight or we take the long way home. It is up to us to submit. We can be a bee, who has a clear destination to the source of life and purpose, or the butterfly flapping and flailing in the breeze. The butterfly looks beautiful on the outside, but look at all the effort it took to become that beautiful. When we submit to God he takes us, beautiful or not, stripes and all, and transforms us beyond our own effort. We don’t have to spin an elaborate cocoon to protect us from the elements of life because he is our cocoon.
Life is so much sweeter as a bee, following our purpose and our source of life, our Heavenly Father. Drink in the sweet nectar of the perfect and wise Author of life.
P.S. This blog post was inspired by the scripture-inspired prayer my dear friend Winnie prayed over me tonight. It is always inspiring to receive prayer.