Asking God to Show Us What Is Really Important

Today I heard a fluttering sound and found a beautiful butterfly trapped between the blinds and the window in our bedroom. The blinds are attached to the window so I couldn’t draw them up. I opened them and let the butterfly fly into the room but it went straight back again because it saw the daylight outside the window and wanted to get there.

It would just keep fluttering its wings, trying to fly through the window glass. I opened the window but it only opens at the top so the opening was a long way away from the poor butterfly.

Then I got some paper and tried to guide it to the edge of the window where the opening was. But everytime the butterfly would stop and go back when it got to the window frame because it was trying to reach the daylight!

So I scratched my head and thought for a bit, and decided that the only way I was going to be able to get that butterfly outside was if I held it in my hands so it couldn’t escape, because otherwise I’d never get it past the window frame.

I’m not a huge fan of holding wriggling things, but I felt sorry for it so went for it anyway, and as soon as I got it to the window opening I opened my hands and away it went, free into the air outside.

I realised that we can be like that butterfly where we see the light and we see where we want to go, but we’re fluttering wildly and not able to get there. But God can very easily guide us with His hands and show us the way that we can’t find by ourselves.

I was thinking about it today as I struggled with my usual overwhelming amount of things I wanted to do and not enough time to do them in. I knelt down to pray after I had put the children in bed, and prayed in desperation, ‘How do I get all this done?’ – things like exercise that I really didn’t have the energy for, a shower that I didn’t have the energy for either, and so on!

But then I felt like God showing me that other people might be telling me I need to do these things, but they aren’t actually what I really need to do. I would love to be all toned and not have flab, but at the same time is it really that important right now to get that way?! And of course I’m not saying that it’s unimportant to exercise – just that in relation to the other things I had to do it wasn’t as high a priority.

So I filtered it down to what I really needed to do, and in fact I ended up exercising in a different way as I went downstairs and realised the floors needed sweeping and that was something I should be doing!

I think when we feel overwhelmed we need to realise that God won’t ask us to do more than we can do – so maybe we’re asking too much of ourselves. Maybe we need to pray and ask for God to guide us like that butterfly out into the light, to show us what is really important.

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5 Responses

  1. Mara says:

    Such good thoughts. Sometimes in my life, I feel alot like that butterfly did. If it wasn’t for God’s help in certain matters to get me to “fly through the window,” I’d still be “fluttering my wings” and getting no where fast.

    Knowing what is truly important in God’s eyes is always a challenge. It’s something I’m still struggling with each day.

    Thank you for sharing these thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Rhoda. What a beautiful, honest post you wrote today. I think it is a real challenge to write for this blog every day too! Just know that what you are doing for us, readers, is so important and helping. Maybe more important than exercising….? For the love of Jesus that you are showing through your stories is a true encouragement for me!! And I would like to write something Ann Voskamp wrote in one of her posts: “You’ve never missed the boat when you’re holding onto the Cross”.
    Thanks Rhoda, and may the Lord bless you and your familiy!

  3. Rhoda says:

    Yes Annette, you are right that it is a challenge to write for this blog everyday! But I felt like God was leading me to do it more, so I am trying to incorporate it as one of my top priorities – thank you as always for your encouragement ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the Ann Voskamp quote too!

    Hi Mara, I know what you mean – I was just thinking of that verse ‘Apart from me you can do nothing’ today, as we can be fluttering so hard and not getting anywhere without God’s help!

  4. Brooke says:

    I just heard a speaker talk about Psalm 37:23 as her prayer for her schedule each day. She prays the Lord will help her to live a righteous life trusting that, as the verse says, the Lord will then direct her steps. It shifts the focus ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Rhoda says:

    That’s interesting Brooke, thank you for sharing. I’m going to have another read of Psalm 37 now with a different perspective!