Friday, March 25, 2011

Worn Out!

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting…” Proverbs 31:30

I found this guy* out in the yard a couple of days ago.

*I say "guy".  Might be a "girl".  There's hardly anything left of him/her.  Anyway, this was once a black swallowtail. 

Look at those wings! The bottom ones are completely gone, and the top ones gave out just in front of my front porch.

I think he would be considered an elderly butterfly.

Quite a stark comparison from his days of youth, when the scales of his wings had intricate patterns of blue and orange and beautiful teardrop extensions on the bottom.

Think he remembers it?

Hard to say. But I’ll bet he lived his life to the fullest. He’s the first butterfly I’ve ever found who has worn his wings completely out.

Usually a bird finds them first…

Anyway, I put him on my African violet in my windowsill, and there he lived out the rest of his moments as a flightless butterfly, without a care in the world. No birds in the kitchen.

Now get out there and wear your wings out today! Well, maybe not completely out. Save a little for tomorrow. But make the most of the days you have!

"Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life."  Psalm 39:4

1 comment:

  1. I too have some worn out wings and hopefully have worn out my wings doing what God had in mind for me.I guess I would be considered an elderly butterfly too. But Im sure glad I have alot of young ones around me to keep me feeling young!
    What a nice thought. Good job.


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