It’s always interesting when I have a “Porch Perch Partner.” Recently, it was this little Skipper! These little “flutterby’s” look like a cross between a moth and a butterfly, but Google says they are a butterfly—sort of a chunky one and not nearly so colorfully dressed. I also read that they typically only live for 2-4 weeks!
This one was intent on traveling along the crack in the cement on our porch. I gently moved it, but it quickly skippered back to the crack! With so little time, why would it waste its short life trailing along a dark, dirty, crooked void leading to a brick wall? Especially since it’s free to skip just a few feet away to a fully-bloomed butterfly bush! On that bush are nectar-filled blooms and the companionship of many other Skippers, flitting about in the bright sunshine, dappled with cooling shade, a nice breeze to glide on—freedom and provision! Yet, here it is, alone, clinging to a dark, unnatural void with nothing to offer.
Wake up, little Skipper! You are wasting your short time!
Lord, give me the eyes to notice and the wisdom to respond to people in my life who are living like this little Skipper, forgetting they are a butterfly.
Romans 8:5-6: “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
Glenda Harmon Scully is a Guest Blogger for WORDview Ministries. She resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband of 54 years, Tim Scully. Glenda is a retired HR professional from an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company and has transitioned many of her skills learned during her 34 years there into serving the Lord through North Church. A self-described “Porch Percher,” she spends a good deal of time on her porch or patio reading the Word, praying, listening, and pondering God’s Word and Creation. The Scully’s have two children and three grandchildren.