"We delight in the beauty of the a butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through
to achieve that beauty." ~Maya Angelou
This is true in the lives of our family and friends. We delight in who they are, while
unaware of all they may have gone through, to become the person that they are today.
The caterpillar while encased in the darkened cocoon, never dreamt of the freedom that
"Butterflies can't see their wings. They can't see how beautiful they are, but everyone
else can. People are like that." ~unknown
Speaking of beautiful people...my cousin captured the two pictures above, last summer
in her zinnia garden.
These pictures were taken at a recent visit to the National Museum of Natural History,
in Washington, DC.
"Most have noticed the wings of a butterfly, and observed the uniformity and beauty of the
pattern. Now to produce that beautiful uniformity of pattern, hundreds of thousands, if not
millions of little feathers must combine. And were we to have to calculate the exact shape,
situation, and tint of marking which every single plume of this countless feather-dust must
have, to prevent the whole being a confused blotch, it would exceed all the powers of human
mathematics, not to say all the faculties of the human mind. But we might as well believe
that a group of boys, by throwing together stone after stone for a number of years, could
build up a Westminster Palace---as that all these minute feathers came together by chance!"
At the one section of the museum, containing the butterfly display, I stood gazing at
all the colors, patterns, and varieties of butterflies that hung above me, in a massive
display, representing a few of the many types of butterflies found in this world.
The museum was a most interesting place for all of us to spend time on a Saturday morning.
The adults and the children alike, were captivated by all that we saw.
Wishing you a good weekend, and hoping that your weather is as lovely as ours is today.
This summer, when you see butterflies with their intricate markings and brilliant
colors, that you are reminded of the God who created them, for us to enjoy.