Butterflies and Red Flowers

DSC_0614A few weeks ago I wrote a post on fluttering faith. Deb del Villar gives us another perspective on the same subject.


As a young child and then as a teen, I was fascinated with butterflies. When I found one that had died but was still in tack, I would gently add it to my collection.  I won ribbons for my butterfly displays in school. Reflecting back on my collection, a smile comes to my face. There is much to be learned by watching the butterfly.

The butterfly flutters here and there seemingly helter-skelter, only to alight momentarily before it is off again. Then finally something attracts and grabs its attention. You see it — the beautiful red flower.  You watch and wait for the butterfly to alight again. The flower is so appealing that the butterfly sits and drinks deeply of the delicious pollen. Intently engrossed in the activity of drinking, the butterfly is seemingly not distracted by anything around him.

As I teach at church, I wonder if I could so engage the young people that they could be intently focus on “drinking from God’s Word.” Could I capture them with Scripture?

The butterfly flutters from here to there but finally settles down for a long time. What can I do this week to attract the kids’ attention? What is my red flower? How can I present this week’s lesson so children are captured by it, pulled in, and totally focused?

Thinking back to the butterfly, I recalled that the red flower first had to be where the butterfly could get to it. It had to be in an area where he could land. As I prepare my lesson this week, I need to evaluate whether the students can get to it. Is it accessible to them? I need to think age level and developmental level.

Finally, I believe the butterfly used more than its sense of sight to find the red flower. What senses do I need to use this week to help my students get attracted to, stay attentive to, and captured with so they will linger, drink deeply, and be nourished fully With God’s sweet Word.

Who are your butterflies? What is your red flower?

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