We sprang into action. David quickly rigged up the twig so that once again it was suspended (with the butterfly still clinging to it, surely unaware of its demise). We prayed, asking the Lord to forgive us for our lack of wisdom and to have mercy on this little butterfly.
Again, we watched. We waited. This time we waited somewhat anxiously, but we had hope. Slowly, ever so slowly, the wings straightened out and became stiff and strong. Several hours later, all of us were watching when it began to gracefully move its beautiful wings. What a wonderful sight!
Later we discussed the near disaster for which we had been responsible. We all had anticipated the moment when we would watch that butterfly enjoy its first flight, but we had rushed the process and almost thwarted the plan.
Have you ever rushed God? Have you had good motives yet failed to wisely consider God’s plan, His purposes, His timing before you made your choices? I have done that many times. I’m still trying to learn this lesson of not rushing God. The next time you see a monarch butterfly, remember: Don’t rush God. Instead, hang in there!
By the way, David is now twenty-eight years old. He just informed me this week that he is seriously considering planting some milkweed in his backyard. I think that’s an excellent idea, don’t you?
Donna Rees is the General Editor and Contributing Writer for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Donna was introduced to homeschooling as a first-grader when her mother homeschooled her on the mission field in Ghana, West Africa. Donna and her husband Timus were blessed with the privilege of education both of their children at home, depending daily on God ‘s grace for wisdom and strength.
Copyright 2008, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.