Milkweed and Lantana in our garden have continued to thrive and bloom in our South Texas heat. I am grateful for the splashes of color from their small flowers. But I am more grateful that they provide nectar for these giant swallowtail butterflies. I understand that this butterfly will feed only from these plants, and afterward will find my Meyer lemon tree where they will lay their eggs. These, of course hatch into caterpillars with voracious appetites for citrus leaves, and then form their chrysalis where they become these lovely winged creatures. The cycle never ceases to amaze me. I am blessed by this beauty.
Without stretching the comparison too far, I consider how, given the choices I have for the care and feeding of my soul, I choose that which nourishes me in the best ways for growing and changing. I want to be more intentional in my choices of entertainment, the books I read,the art and music I enjoy, the thoughts with which I fill my mind.
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”