Have you heard about the butterfly effect? In physics, it describes how tiny changes in initial conditions (such as the flap of a butterfly's wings) can affect weather thousands of kilometres away. Imagine - a fragile butterfly can alter weather patterns on another continent! Had it not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the weather system might have been vastly different.
What can you learn from this? You may feel insignificant at times, as fragile as the butterfly. It may seem like you're just flapping your wings when you are standing alone for truth and honesty in the workplace or the home. You say, 'What can I do in the face of a problem this big?' More than you think! Your faith, your words, your deeds, your prayers, your example, your kindness and persistence can release the power of God and activate the forces of Heaven to go to work in that situation. God loves to use things that we consider to be insignificant, like Moses' rod which parted the Red Sea, or David's slingshot that brought down a giant, or a boy's lunch that fed a multitude. Your flapping wings can initiate changes that will influence lives around you for all eternity.
Jesus said, 'If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there," and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you' (Matthew 17:20 NKJV). It's not about the size of the seed you sow, but about the God Who can make it grow. It's not about the prayer you pray but about the greatness of One Who answers prayer.
I love it.
I had a lovely, quiet evening last night. I closed up the curtains, and locked the door in an effort to hide from trick or treaters. Being half American, and growing up looking forward to Halloween every year, i shouldn't be such a Halloween Grinch - but i am. I can't help it. New Zealand just doesn't do Halloween right. There are no jack o lanterns. The costumes are half arsed, or non existent - sorry but i do not want to give candy to some kid that has made no effort to even dress up. It is Spring instead of Autumn and i am sorry but Spring and blossoming flowers are just not as scary as Autumn and dying leaves. It is daylight savings - daylight is not as scary as night time.
New Zealand will just never be able to get Halloween right, so i would prefer that we just give up. It is a pain in the backside.
I needn't have worried last night though - true to New Zealand's Halloween form and despite the fact that i live in a street with about 637 kids living in it - yes look up "Nappy Valley" and my street appears in the dictionary - not one kid appeared on my doorstep last night.
Phew - because they would have gotten a trick instead of a treat - and then i would have gone to bed feeling mean.
No shower - I wasted my shower time this morning, drinking coffee and reading the news. Now the tiling man is here, so i have to go without a shower until he leaves this afternoon / evening - or drive across town and impose on a friend and his shower.