John is the photographer in this family so it has surprised me that I’ve become addicted to taking pictures of butterflies. It’s become a daily photo adventure for me, right outside my front door. I step out with my trusty camera many times throughout the day to see what beauties have flown in for a quick nip of nectar. My most popular feeding stations have been my confetti Lantanas and my Arizona Blanket Plant. At the start of my butterfly adventure, I knew very little about these beauties but now I know many of them on a first name basis….there’s the Painted Lady, a big variety of Skippers, Monarchs, Buckeyes, Swallow tails, and a host of tiny visitors whose names I don’t yet know. It’s been a blast. With each sighting comes an awe in my heart of the detail and beauty that God has perfected in these beautiful creatures. As the days have become shorter and weather a bit cooler, sometimes I pull up a lawn chair and just watch the garden creatures perform. On occasion, John has joined me and watched me scamper this way and that to capture one more pic. I ask him if I’m driving him crazy and he says, “I love seeing you enjoy life.” AND I must say, I am enjoying life. Do you know, ten years ago when my heart was broken, I wasn’t sure I’d ever really enjoy life again? Yes, I knew God’s grace was sufficient for whatever I faced and that He was faithful but still, I thought the grief that consumed me then would hold me captive the rest of my life. I was wrong. Joy does come in the morning. Please sip a bit of joy as you look at the pics that follow and don’t miss the butterflies who have battled for their lives. I love, love , love that they are still flitting around in the sun, sipping nectar.
Psalm 30:5 Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:11-12 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!