Sometimes a Rose isn't Sweet enough

When there isn't a rose around, sometimes other nectar is just as sweet, or even sweeter.

The day I took this picture, the butterfly got its fill off one thistle blossom.  Then flutter to the next one.  And the one after that.

I was able to get my camera lens within a couple inches of its outstretched wings like it was modeling for me.  It was a very enjoyable ten minutes of picture taking.

Another interpretation might be that when life hands you thistles, you should find something to drink.

Many times there are difficult days and what we had hoped would be a bed of roses is anything but one.  More like a thistle infested air mattress!

Just as often, when those days roll into view - we try to beat a hasty retreat to a familiar refuge or just another hackneyed complaint.

I challenge you to think of the butterfly next time that happens.  Survey the landscape and see what there is to gain or put to good use from the difficult situation.  You will likely be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

Like the butterfly, don't just take a quick sip, either.  Drink deeply from unexpected sources of love and nourishment - because the next rose or thistle bloom could be a long way away.

Yellow Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies are not something you see everyday either, so while you pay attention to its lesson, make sure you notice its beauty as well.  They are something to behold, and you don't know how long you have before it flits away. so enjoy it!

As we head into the Labor Day weekend, be sure to thank those around you who work diligently to provide us the essentials of our daily lives.  And thank God as well for their efforts.

Have a blessed weekend!