On Tuesday we visited a place called Tenby, an ancient walled town in West Wales roughly sixty miles west of where we live. My niece and her family were holidaying there and my husband and myself, my sister and brother in law and their two grandsons all met up with them and spent the afternoon walking around the very pretty town.
We had a lovely time and as we were making our way back to the car park we took a short cut through a small alleyway. About halfway through the alleyway I could see something moving slightly in a small space between some of the cobbled stones that we were walking on. When I bent down I could see that a butterfly had become trapped in a space between some of the cobbles that was about an inch and a half deep. It was slowly trying to flap its wings to get out but because the size of the space it was trapped in was the same as the size of the butterfly its wings were pushed up against the cobbles and it could not release itself. I managed to gently place my fingernails beneath one of its wings and slowly pulled it free. Then I lifted it up, released it from my fingers, and watched it fly away free.
I have to say that it was the finishing touch to a wonderful day. I could not believe that if someone had not suggested that we cut through that alleyway the butterfly would probably have stayed trapped and possibly died in the hole. It was then that I began to see a spiritual meaning to what had just happened.
This little creature that had wings to fly had become trapped down on the ground, where the wings it had been given were completely unable to do what they had been created to do. So too, just as the butterfly was prevented from flying while he was trapped down on the ground, we too shall be restricted in our spiritual abilities if we try to fit in with this world by conforming to its ways.
Romans ch. 12 vs.1 and 2 says 'Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.'