Sunshine and Butterflies

Those sounds we hear are not the distant beat of war drums, nor are they the strange trumpet-like sounds that have been recently heard around the world – at least some of which being hoaxes.

2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton

2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton

No, what we hear are the wings of countless butterflies flapping as the colorful creatures flutter in the sunshine – and it is astounding that we can hear and see this while our collective head is buried in the metaphorical sand while we live in apathetic denial.

As Iran and its Lebanese ally Hizbollah wage terror attacks against Israeli diplomats and other targets, it is best merely to think about butterflies and not the war that could break out by spring; war that will directly impact America.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which won almost 50 percent of the seats in recent legislative elections in Egypt is warning Washington that a cut in U.S. aid would violate that nation’s U.S.-brokered 1979 peace agreement with Israel. And as the U.S. contemplates military intervention in Syria to stop the rampage of President Bashar al-Assad, will you merely be content to knock back a Miller Light while gawking at Kate Upton on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue or watching her on The Late show with David Letterman?

As indicators point to gasoline prices that could be rising quickly toward $5.00 a gallon this year, would it be best merely to sing in the sunshine and laugh every day?

It is best to face it head on and not live in denial. Do not be swayed by what many decry as “gloom and doom” because in reality it is a call to preparation. Our sleep can be more peaceful if we decide not to live in a dream world but instead come to grips with the fact that this is a changing world; a world where outcomes are to a great deal out of our hands – so with that knowledge we must prepare for a strenuous ride through rigorous road conditions where we are passengers and not drivers.

We are headed into weather where the sun will be occluded by smoke and the butterflies will not persevere against the wind. If you are able to read this today, you are still okay. So, pull your scarf over your face, lower your head and walk into maelstrom. It’s Go Time, but in that remember that with true faith the Lord will never leave you or forsake you.

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