The Butterfly Effect: Praise God!

There’s something about butterflies.
malachite butterfly
Malachite butterfly MILENIUSZ SPANOWICZ/WCS

Madidi National Park, located in northern Bolivia, holds at least 1,500 species of butterfly.  That’s more butterfly diversity in a SINGLE PARK the size of New Jersey than in the entire United States and Canada, as Discovery News wrote on March 18th.

One thousand, five hundred “sky-flakes…flowers that fly and all but sing,” according to Robert Frost’s poem, Blue-Butterfly Day.

When I read that scientists believe 1500 species is a conservative estimate, and saw photos of a handful of these jewels of the wind (that’s a bit of my own poetry), I was moved to praise God.

A butterfly caused me to marvel at God’s seemingly endless delight in small, short-lived “bugs.”  This is perhaps the true butterfly effect: creation points us to the Creator God, no matter how insignificant in the eyes of society or culture it may be.

Read Robert Frost’s poem and dwell on the fantastic details of the butterflies’ wings, and see if you aren’t also moved to worship God.

Blue-Butterfly Day by Robert Frost
It is blue-butterfly day here in spring,
And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry
There is more unmixed color on the wing
Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.

 

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.

Alexina Clearwing butterfly. MILENIUSZ SPANOWICZ/WCS
Blushing phantom butterfly MILENIUSZ SPANOWICZ/WCS
pamela butterfly
Pamela butterfly MILENIUSZ SPANOWICZ/WCS