The Diana Fritillary…a Miracle of God

August 4, 2017

Photo by Cathle Bird

It has happened again. I have once again been reminded of God’s love in such a simple way. You see, I was busy doing yard work. Where I live, if you are in charge of a yard of almost any size, there is no need for a membership to one of those health clubs. All that is necessary is a few hours of outside summer work, not that vigorous mind you, and the pounds will melt away. Well, I was sweating away and there it was. I wasn’t looking for it but it couldn’t be missed. A butterfly landed just a few feet from where I was working. There was no option but to stop what I was doing and take in the beauty of the small creature. He sat there for minutes, working his wings slowly back and forth. Did he/she know I was watching him/her?

I don’t know a lot about butterflies, but whenever this happens everything else stops and God comes to mind. Did God send this butterfly to remind me of his mercy and glory? I don’t know but it always has that effect.

I had seen this type before but, just like people, they are all different. This one had a bit more orange at the edge of its wings than I have seen before. It was decided that the name of this type of butterfly would be researched.

How can one not appreciate this awesome creation of God? There is a great debate whether it even is a creation of God. I have never understood that question but atheists and theologians spend hours on why people like me don’t understand the debate.

The butterfly is like many things in life, it can be seen for its simpleness or for its complexity. There is nothing wrong with the two but humans tend to either under or overthink things. I’ve found an attempt at staying somewhere in the middle keeps me sane.

It is important to come to a conclusion about the origin of the butterfly. What one thinks about it will affect one’s entire view of the world. The butterfly reminds me that the Gospel message has levels of complexity. That God loved us enough to send Jesus to pay for our sins is something that most children can get some sort of grasp on. Yet, theologians spend hours on just how God has saved us. There are certainly enough questions on subjects like, justification, sanctification, free-will, predestination, evil, heaven, hell, and the list goes on and on and is enough to keep any student of the Bible busy for a lifetime.

There are those who think the butterfly is the result of some sort of evolutionary process. They spend hours and hours trying to figure out ways that it could have appeared.

The butterfly makes things simple for me for a wonderful moment of time. All the questions disappear in appreciation of the alluring little glider. The focus is on the creation. It moves so peacefully and seems so delicate. Then I remember the complex process the small critter went through to take its current form. Anyone who has read much of this blog knows my opinion. Like the butterfly, Christians are the result of a creative process that continues until the day we die. There is a God. We have been created in His image. God loves mankind so much that he sent his only begotten Son to die so that we might live.

I thank God for that little butterfly.

Chris Reimers

Note: The butterfly that was seen today is known as The Diana Fritillary, the Official State Butterfly of Arkansas.

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1


His Peace

December 13, 2016

I saw this on Ingrid Schlueter’s The Hope Blog today.

I had to share it because it reminds me so much of the unmerited grace that God has had on me. There is pain, there is sadness, yet there is hope and joy.

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True Prayer — True Power! Charles Spurgeon

November 20, 2016

A great message from one of the greatest Christian communicators of the last few centuries.

This isn’t the clearest picture of the man. You can find hundreds of better ones on the internet. Mr. Spurgeon’s words are the focus here. I hope these words bless and instruct you as they have me.

Chris Reimers


Norway to allow foreign women to abort healthy twin

October 26, 2016

Fraternal twins at two weeks old. The technical term for "fraternal" is "polyzygotic". Photo: multipleparent/Wikimedia Commons

Fraternal twins at two weeks old. The technical term for “fraternal” is “polyzygotic”. Photo: multipleparent/Wikimedia Commons

“He’s picking on Norway again.” I know someone reading this will have that thought. Many Americans think they are better than Norwegians and I’ve heard that many Norwegians think they are better than Americans. In my opinion, there is no “better.” Comparing these two countries is like watching a race to the bottom. One of America’s presidential candidates has no problem with a horrific procedure which kills a child. I cannot take humanity out of the equation, but if I could, “What kind of society kills its most valuable ‘asset’ before it is born?” It is an insane society. What kind of society kills a young child by any means? It is an insane society.
Now, the latest from one of the most “educated” countries on the planet and I am sick of it….cr

“Norway’s health authorities have ruled that foreign women pregnant with twins should be allowed to abort one fetus in Norwegian hospitals, even if it is perfectly healthy.

The ruling, made by Norway’s Ministry of Health, is expected to open the way for women from neighbouring Sweden and Denmark, who where the procedure of ‘selective reduction’ is not permitted in the same way.

‘All women, regardless of whether they are Norwegian or foreign women residing in Norway have the same right to abortion and fetal reduction,’ Torunn Janbu from Norway’s Directorate of Health told NRK.

The hospitals are not required to ask for a fixed address, opening up the way for a new form of abortion tourism.”

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A Computer Simulated Reality?

October 20, 2016

It has been a long time since I have posted anything by Gary Stearman. I have always found him to be intellectually minded and I thought this short video was interesting. His shows are always interesting even if I find the conclusions of some of his guests questionable. Whether you agree with Gary or not, he brings up the always interesting question: “How did I get here?” It is a question that science continues to grapple with.

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Real Comedians

September 15, 2016

I needed a laugh today and my friend Manny provided it. If you don’t laugh at the one with the tissue paper, I feel sorry for you.

Cracked-Pot

From stuffing checks to hand-stands these critters are a crack up.

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THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING

June 17, 2016

Here is a post that appeared here several years back. I think it is important theology and that it is a good time to share it again. We all need to be reminded of the truths one can glean from this scripture and from this comment on it by Mr. Spurgeon.

Wings of the Wind

Photo by Brian Rendel

“I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” —Ezekiel 34:26

Here is sovereign mercy– “I will give them the shower in its season.” Is it not sovereign, divine mercy? –for who can say, “I will give them showers”, except God? There is only one voice which can speak to the clouds, and bid them beget the rain. Who sendeth down the rain upon the earth? Who scattereth the showers upon the green herb? Do not I, the Lord? So grace is the gift of God, and is not to be created by man. It is also needed grace. What would the ground do without showers? You may break the clods, you may sow your seeds, but what can you do without the rain? As absolutely needful is the divine blessing. In vain you labour, until God…

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