October 24, 2012

The Amazing Monarch Butterfly

The monarch butterfly is one of nature’s most remarkable creatures. All of us are familiar with bird migration, but few people realize that monarchs also relocate, often traveling as much as 1,800 miles each spring and fall.  

Those who migrate north in the spring make that trip only once. Those who travel south the following fall are several generations removed from their ancestors who came up from the south the previous spring.

It’s difficult to believe, but many of the great great grandchildren will end their migration in the same place where their ancestors wintered the previous year. Some will locate on the same tree, or even the same branch their ancestors left in the spring.

While birds and butterflies have a remarkable uncanny sense that enables them to travel hundreds of miles, we need a GPS or a map when we travel in unfamiliar territory. And each of us needs a guide to help us through the maze of conflicting emotions and discouraging experiences we encounter as we travel through life.

The New Testament of the Bible tells the story of the ultimate mentor for living, Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Him are led to a life of peace that transcends understanding, a joy that is indescribable and hope to sustain us even in the face of death.
“Once again Jesus addressed the people: ‘I am the light of the world. No follower of mine shall wander in the dark; he shall have the light of life’”   John 8:12