There goes my 6-year-old daughter, Audrey, again. Outside, with her butterfly net, on a mission to catch her favorite thing — bugs!
“Look, mom! I caught another butterfly!” I smile when her eyes light up as she admires her little insect. “It’s so pretty!” Her whole face is glowing with excitement. She proudly displays her butterfly in her little bug catcher and runs to show her brothers.
I can’t help but giggle. She has such a love for bugs. It’s quite amazing. She knows many things about all different kinds of bugs: what they eat, where they live. She loves learning about them.
I’m not a fan of bugs, but she has truly opened my eyes to not only seeing her love for them but seeing the beauty in those little creatures. It’s awesome to see the bugs work and do the little jobs they were created for. Have you ever watched a spider spin a web? Or sat and watched honeybees take pollen to their hives? I have to admit that I find it fascinating that they know what to do.
We recently went to a bug exhibit and couldn’t believe all of the exotic and amazing bugs. There were insects that were downright hideous, like the Goliath Birdeater Tarantula, which was bigger than my hand, to the most delicate looking butterflies. It’s amazing to know that our Lord took the time to make each one!
As we teach our children life lessons, they, too, can teach us lessons. My daughter has taught me that even though most bugs are gross and pesky, there is still beauty in each one. God created such amazing things in our world, and when we sit back and enjoy those things, we can find beauty in all things!
Even something that may seem gross and pesky or just plain ugly in life can have a purpose, just like the bugs. Has the Lord worked it for good? Maybe something has been learned that wouldn’t have been otherwise or a perspective gained that wouldn’t have been considered. Let’s be like little children, willing to investigate these things. And, who knows? We just might find something beautiful.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; May the Lord rejoice in His works.” (Psalm 104:31)