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GOD’S WORD FOR JANUARY 11 ~ ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4 ~ ~ “Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

The painted lady butterfly gets its name from the beautiful design in orange, black and white on its wings, which average about two and a half inches in full span. Every year, millions of these little creatures are seen in full migration. The painted lady is the most widespread of all species of butterfly. It is found in Asia, Africa and South America. The species familiar to North Americans migrates from Mexico all the way to Canada. This is a one-way trip because the female butterfly lays her eggs in Mexico, then migrates to Canada, where she eventually dies. In some way the following year, each newly hatched butterfly in Mexico knows exactly when and where to migrate, but this is one of the great mysteries of migration.

Some years there are more painted lady butterflies than others, and Dennis Murphy, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, has pointed out that the migrating population can be a thousand times greater in an exceptional year compared to normal years. Dr. Murphy believes that these unusually large populations are the result of drought conditions that also produce a greater crop of weedy thistles. The painted lady butterflies live on these thistles and never threaten any other crop.

God’s design of the painted lady butterfly bears witness to His work as an artistic Creator who paints the landscape for thousands of miles with these beautiful creatures and a logical Creator who maintains the balance of nature.

Just think, how many sad, discouraged people are uplifted by seeing this beautiful creature of the Great Elohim, the Creator of the universe and all that is in it….. A small thing, perhaps, but at the same time, it shows His interest in beauty, intricate design, and the interaction of creatures, climate, and calamity, while at the same time, controlling the world and universe all around us, including the affairs of men and the evil schemes of satan.

God has put many different kinds of beauty in this world. He has made many beautiful people also.

Not the least of this is inward beauty, the beauty of a Godly spirit. When the Great Elohim says “great price”, think how great that is from the One who owns everything! That quiet gentle spirit can only come through time spent with the Prince of Peace Himself. And that can only come after we have been transformed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and living for, by and with Jesus. Then, every promise in the Word is meant for us…………..Dig into the treasure chest that can be yours!!!!

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