Sunday, May 20, 2012

Boon's Sunday Sermon #36 - Damaged Goods

I shared a few weeks ago about how butterflies and caterpillars have become a recent fascination to me.  At the beginning of the year, I began a weight loss journey.  So far I have lost 32 pounds.  My son told me last week that I'm not a caterpillar anymore but am not a butterfly yet.  He said, "Right now, Momma, you're in your cocoon."  I loved the analogy.


You can imagine my delight when a few days after that conversation my son caught a butterfly and brought to me.


I was a bit curious as to why the lovely creature allowed itself to be captured and sit with us without flying away.  Upon further inspection, I realized that this graceful beauty had a hole in its wing making it incapable of flight.  A storm that had passed through our area in recent days had damaged its wings leaving it battered and torn.  It was a sad reality that often reflects the state of our own hearts.

We tend to think if we can just get that promotion, just have that dream home, just be understood, or just lose that weight our lives will be hunky-dory.  It is not so.  We will always have another mountain to climb and another test to pass.

The Word says,  Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.  (1 Peter 4:12-13)

Have the storms of life brought you down and kept you from soaring?  Is there something in your past that is holding you back from all that God intended you to be?  Give it to Him.  He makes beauty from ashes and, 
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  (Psalm 147:3)

Ecclesiastes 3:11 assures us, "He has made everything beautiful in its time."  That includes you, friend.



Have a blessed week!

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11 comments:

  1. That is very sweet!
    best wishes Molly

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  2. We always hear that the last steps are always the toughest. Congrats to you on your wonderful progress - be proud of your accomplishments and keep on seeking your goal.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  3. Hi there, Great job; as one who battles the pounds alot, I so understand your determination and discipline. Well done! Amazing difference between last years pic and this years.
    Love how you apply biblical truths as well.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  4. What a special blessing. I thought this would be about butterflies, but it's about God and me. Thank you for the encouragement:)

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  5. Another good thought and a huge kudo to you for losing 32 pounds!!

    You're right....Letting go of what's keeping you down can be difficult, but giving it to God is so worth it and lets you be free...

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  6. Awesome sermon, Boon. How'd you get so smart at such an early age? (hehe) If we could all learn to let go... and give it to God, we would walk in more peace and comfort.

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  7. That is quite an accomplishment in itself, losing 32 pounds. We wish you luck and are praying for your continued weight loss adventure. Thank you for the spiritual teaching:)

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  8. Beautiful post. We love the song by Mercy Me "Bring the Rain"

    Licks,
    Snuggle Bug

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  9. Congratulations on your weight lose. I Pray that you will reach your goal. Yes, trust in God always. Sometimes we slip but always keep your eyes, soul and heart on the God of the universe. Loved your butterfly story.

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  10. This post helped me tons today. It was something I needed to read.

    THanks,
    Beverly and Anubis

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  11. I just loved your story and your verse reference too. Thanks so much for your diligence in keeping up this blog. I sure would like to know your secret in your weight loss though. I have so much pain in my neck, and shoulders, and in my feet and knees that it hinders any exercise I can do. I need to loose 60 pounds. That is how much I have gained since this chronic pain has gripped my body in 2003. May God bless you and the Love Shack Pack.

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