There are butterflies on the cover of Bring Her Home, butterflies on each of the chapter headings, and butterflies on the scene dividers. In short, they’re hard to miss. There’s a good reason for that. Butterflies are my symbol of hope.
When I was a teen, my bedroom wall was full of notes and Bible verses and things that inspired me. One of them was a card with a picture of a little caterpillar looking up at a butterfly saying, ‘You’ll never catch me up in one of those things’.
It made me smile because it was cute, but I kept it because it gave me hope.
That little caterpillar had no idea that in no time at all, that’s exactly what it would be doing, and its entire life would change. It couldn’t see past that day, that moment. Couldn’t see past the ground it crawled on. It probably thought the entirety of the world was the branch it hatched on. It knew nothing of flying or how big the world really was. But I did.
Every time I saw that card on my wall, I’d smile and think, “Just you wait, little caterpillar. You’re going to be amazed.” And then I’d get this picture in my head of God saying the same thing to me.
“Just you wait, Hannah. Wait and see what I have planned for you. I know life is hard at the moment, and you’re struggling. I know it all seems pointless, but just wait. I’m working on something. You can’t see it right now. You can’t even imagine it. But wait and see. You’re going to be amazed.”
Ever since, I’ve seen butterflies as my personal symbol of hope. God’s reminder to me that no matter how dark life may get, or how much it feels like the end, or how impossible something might seem, I should hold on to hope. Because while I can’t see beyond today, God can. And God is working.
Who knows, maybe tomorrow, I’ll fly.
What does hope mean to you?
Where do you find hope in hard times? Is there a particular verse, symbol, place, song, or person who helps you persevere?
What is one thing you can do today to share hope with someone else?
God, sometimes it’s really hard to hold on to hope. Everything seems too hard, too dark, and like it’s never going to change. Help me to be patient in the waiting, and to remember that you’re working, even when I can’t see it. Thank you for your incredible faithfulness and that you are the Bringer of Hope.