Saying Goodbye to the Butterfly

Feb 1, 2017 by

Don’t you just love cryptic titles?

I’m not saying goodbye to all butterflies.

This one—a Christmas gift from a special sister in Christ—will hang on my wall for a long time. I love it! Who doesn’t need this advice daily?

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This one will continue fluttering over its assigned shelf.

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I’ll let Madeline hold this pretty present as long as she promises to adjust her hat.

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More butterflies are sure to show up in my bedroom/office.

My scarves hang from the butterfly-shaped hangers that Katrina gave me.

I will forever be attracted to butterfly journals, jewelry, and art.

For me, they will always symbolize God’s power to transform and make something beautiful out of what looked like nothing much. His new thing. His freedom and healing.

But a few weeks ago, I felt like it was time to put this butterfly away for a while.

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My butterfly necklace. My reminder to write brave—to be brave.

I expected to be buried in it.

At first I couldn’t decide why I didn’t want to put my necklace on as usual. I’d left it off before so I could wear something else, or if it didn’t go with an outfit. But this time leaving it on the shelf felt very purposeful.

Maybe it was time to stop seeing myself as freshly-hatched from the cocoon, still learning to soar.

Maybe I didn’t need a necklace to remind me to be brave.

Something about that tiny butterfly kept me tied to the girl who still wanted to hide in the bushes and occasionally allowed people to smack her back into a shell that no longer fit.

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Recently, a very wise and helpful person reminded me that I am brave.

I have been for quite a while.

So I put the butterfly necklace in my Blessings Box. Then I took it out again. I decided to display it as a reminder of the incredible things God has done since I bought it with Xochi at Mount Hermon.

I’m letting Anne of Green Gables borrow it for now. Perhaps it will make up for the fact that her dress doesn’t have puffed sleeves.

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I’m sure I’ll wear it sometimes. It’s pretty, holds meaning, and there are so many wonderful memories attached to it.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if, someday, God prompted me to give it to someone else. For now I’m thankful for what butterflies will always represent, and for the part that this one has played.

Isn’t it interesting what we latch onto as we work through things and gain courage? Then we discover that we don’t need them as much anymore, kind of like when we were kids and decided to try sleeping without our favorite stuffed animal just once. Next thing we knew the friend that we couldn’t get through a night without was displayed on a shelf. We didn’t love it or the person who gave it to us any less, we were just growing up.

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When has God prompted you to let go of something that brought you comfort or reminded you to have courage? How did that step help you appreciate His work in your life?

 

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6

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  1. This is a post worth celebrating, Jeanette! To God be the glory! I’m excited to see what God has in store for you.

    • Jeanette Hanscome

      Thank you! I’m excited to see what He has in store, too!

      The necklace actually looks cute on Anne of Green Gables. Not that she needs any help being brave.

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