Mother’s Love grows with each new season.
Time does not diminish its created purpose.
It goes with me - wherever I go,
Even into the fearful unknown”
© 2007 Patrina <”)>><
Today marks the 8th anniversary of mama’s ‘Home Going’ – to be with God in Paradise. I was writing another post to honor her home going - when the Lord deposited His signature on this ‘Celebratory Day’. I am in awe at His finite way of communicating to me. His precise timing is overwhelming. He causes my heart to burst with joyful song. He ministers to me in such tiny detail. I stand in awe of His personal knowledge of me.
Mama passed precisely at the 10 o’clock hour, in a hospital in Kansas. I was in Colorado preparing to phone her room, when she passed. For some reason, I decided instead to phone my sister’s cell. They were on their way back to the hospital, after spending the day searching for a LTC facility near mama and daddy’s home - to care for mama upon release. She had remained in a coma for 3 weeks since her sudden illness with viral encephalitis. They arrived just moments after her passing. It amazed me then of how God’s timing was so precise. His prompting to connect with her, at precisely the 10 o’clock hour, still blows me away.
Well TODAY – He did it again.
At precisely the 10 o’clock hour!
He sends this ‘Viceroy’ butterfly to my window – at the precise time I’m writing a post to honor mama. It flutters back and forth between my 3 bay windows. As if dancing, it makes it way from one to the other. I speak to it … “I see you, Lord! I see you”. “Thank you, Lord, thank you.” As it continues to dance in front of me, I step away to grab my cell phone from the table behind me, but when I turn back around, I couldn't see her anywhere. Not on my Hibiscus – not on my butterfly bush – nowhere. She was gone.
But God…there always seems to be a ‘But God’ in my storiesAs I step away from the window, My eye caught her in the center of my stain glass ( a piece my big brother made for daddy – which hung in dad’s study for 15 or 20 years.) The Viceroy had landed on the window sill behind this stain glass. I had to remove the stain glass to get a better picture.
She Just sat there waiting.....
And then, she turned and looked at me
My cell phone wasn’t on automatic save so I missed her wave…when she folded her wings and touched a couple of times and then expanded them out again ….
Like she was ready to fly – and fly she did!
She stayed a whole 5 minutes on my window sill. Then she left as mysteriously as she arrived.
She came to dance…
on this precise day at precisely the 10 o’clock hour!
Did I cry? Yes, tears of JOY! Pure JOY. To think and ponder how deep and how wide is His Love for me - that He would make Himself so personably known to me. And not just today, but almost every day…if I have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Then the Lord had me Look up the meaning of ‘Viceroy’ – where did the viceroy butterfly derive its name?…...
“A Viceroy is a royal official who runs a country, colony, or providence (state) in the name of and as representative of the Monarch The term derives from the Latin prefix vice-, meaning "in the place of" and the French word roi, meaning king.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viceroy Viceroy’s usually rule for their entire lifetime.
Did I know this? No, but I know my King! He loves to surprise me with these little tidbits of information to further seal His ‘knowing’. He knows that I will see and He knows that I will ponder and seek – His intended message in His ‘gift’.
So this is how I interpreted this ‘suddenly’ … that rested on my window sill beneath the stain glass that came from daddy’s study.
This beautiful creature – created by the King – was sent to my window sill this day…at the precise 10 o’clock hour - in the name of Jesus – as a representative of Jesus – in the place and position of Jesus Christ my King! – to minister to my heart
- a simple tiny gesture that He chose to do – just for me TODAY. Because He knew I’d see.
He’s sent me butterflies before!
May butterflies flutter by your window sill this weekend to remind you of God's infinite and finite, transforming LOVE. Be blessed this weekend. He's waiting to speak to you - to show you the width and breath of His Love. See Him...Hear Him...ponder His greatness. Know that He is concerned about everything that concerns you!
PS: Have you ever noticed how the wings of a ‘Viceroy’ display a cross and an angel, with full expanded wings and a scalloped robe, at the same time? I just saw this today.
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