I was taking in the warmth of the sunshine cascading through the windows in the veranda when I heard the sound of the tune, “On Top of the World.” This sound was coming from the musical, love bird figurine that is placed inside of my glass hutch for display and safe keeping. It had belonged to my parents. A keepsake they had gotten to represent their 50th anniversary of marriage. It didn’t play long; just a few seconds. But long enough to catch my attention.
The day before, I heard the tune “Anniversary Waltz” coming from a musical-photo frame of my parents. This is also displayed in another part of my home. On the outside of that frame it shows the symbol 40th anniversary. This played long enough for me to hear it and stopped.
Two days before, I was outside enjoying an unusually warm March day. I was finally going through piles of papers of my parents. I had been putting this task off for years. I thought it would help my mind set to do this task outside while breathing in the fresh spring air. It wasn’t long and an astounding moment happened. A glorious butterfly fluttered around my head with wonderment and beauty. It stopped for awhile along side of me. My whole soul came alive. I knew instantly who the butterfly represented. It had distinctive,one of a kind, array of colors. I had never seen a butterfly like it. It was too early in the season for a butterfly to appear but that didn’t cross my mind until I watched it disappear. I was grateful for being able to sense the warmth of that moments love.
All of these reminders of love were surrounding me not magically but spiritually. To make me aware that when I go deep into lonely thoughts of missing loved ones that I am not truly ever alone. They continue to be with me. When I forget, they make their presence known.
The butterfly symbols change, transformation and celebration. The ancient Greek word for “butterfly” is ψυχή (psȳchē), which primarily means soul or mind. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
Stop, look, be silent and listen. Feel the presence of God and our loved ones that surround and carry us through our daily life. I hope a butterfly flutters by and visits you soon. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ The heavenly spirit is closer than we realize; renewing,transforming and refreshing us with new life!