I had one of these pay a visit yesterday in my flower bed. I can't tell you the last time I've actually seen a monarch butterfly. They aren't around as much anymore, especially not here in Utah. I remember seeing them in the summers in Louisiana while I was growing up, but it's been a long time since then!
I was so happy to sit and watch this pretty creature flutter around my zinnias and marigolds. It would fly away for a minute, then keep coming back again and again to my flowers. Guess it really liked them! Kinda made me feel special that it wanted to spend time in the flowers I have planted and taken care of throughout this summer.
God's creatures are so beautiful and amazing. I am awestruck at the detail and care He took to give each and every one of them their unique qualities. It is no coincidence that I have a "monarch" looking out for me everyday. Monarch is defined as, "one who reigns over a state or territory, a sole and absolute ruler." I think it's safe to say that our father in Heaven is our monarch.
It was nice to be reminded of this yesterday as this week has been a difficult one. I sang at a friend's funeral and Michael and I were both incredibly saddened by his loss. Then we are struggling even harder to find a job in Tallahassee; the search has become more difficult and even now, more of a necessity than before. It is so hard to keep perspective in times like these. Yet this little butterfly reminded me that I am not alone.
There are times when faith is tried and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But we must remember to trust in the Lord. Trust in his plan for us, trust that He knows what we really need. And also, I must remember to trust in His timetable. Thing don't always work out how we want them to, and for those of us with little patience, we must trust that He will bring us through. We must do what he simply asks: to follow his commandments. I am reminded that prayer and scripture study, are, yet again, two of the simplest yet most vital commandments to follow. Praying and reading the scriptures are our communication with Heavenly Father. They invite the Spirit into our lives, and in turn, provide us with inspiration for what we should do.
I know that as I follow the commandments and strive to be more like the Savior by remembering him in all that I do, our family will be blessed. I am grateful for little reminders, such as the monarch butterfly, to put perspective into my life. What a beautiful way to be humbled. I hope you are all having a wonderful day!