Friday, July 20, 2007

Dragonflies and Damselflies

"Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them." ... Unknown

Dragonflies and damselflies are fascinating creatures. Looking at the wings of this dragonfly makes me wonder how he flies through the air with all those "holes" in his wings. See a close-up here.

They appear to be magical creatures darting about, many in such bright metallic colors. Although we put in a very small pond in the backyard, it has provided a habitat that brings in more species of God's creatures. From each one there is a lesson to be learned.

Male dragonflies set up a territory by a body of water and defend it from other male dragonflies. As I watched one a couple of weeks ago, darting about and fighting for its rights to our pond, I thought about how often we dart about defending our own rights. Fighting the battles that God said He would take care of for us. Trusting in a Father we cannot see is not easy for many independent types, but it's a process and skill we all need to learn to find true peace in life.

It seems the longer we take to learn it the more opportunities we have to experience the lessons. I often ask myself why I take the hard way when God provides so much for us when we trust in Him. Why do I think I can do it better than the God that created me ... and the beautiful colorful dragonflies? How silly can ya get!?

I'd rather picture myself like the deer. He's not wasting time defending his space at the pond. He's simply being satisfied with God's provision of water in our pond.

No hurry scurry for the deer. What a peaceful image compared to a darting dragonfly.

Deer or dragonfly?

Which would you like to be?

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