A billion butterflies landed in Southern California this week. The Painted Ladies have traveled from all over California due to the heavy rains. They now have enough flowers and fields to feed on. They are beautiful orange, black and white colored, a definite sign that spring has come. What is the spiritual significance behind such a miraculous event? Let’s dive deeper!
“He rescues and He saves; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth” (Daniel 6:27). Could this swarm of butterflies be a miracle swarm? God operates by signs and wonders, but we often forget about this in our millennial age. Truth is, God still sends signs today just like He does throughout the scriptures.
Maybe these butterflies are a sign of His coming hope and light.
Butterflies have strong spiritual symbolism and imagery. The process from caterpillar to butterfly can parallel the journey believers go through when they receive Christ in their hearts. God transforms, from a cellular level: caterpillar to butterfly, sinner to saint, dead to alive.
God takes our brokenness and sin and brings healing. He is a God that brings transformation, taking us from glory to glory, transforming us into a beautiful new creation. Through our continually surrender, He grants us new starts, new beginnings and a promise of a hopeful future. “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Our beloved founder Roma Downey wrote her impactful memoirs in her bestselling book Box of Butterflies. Ever since she was a little girl, Roma has seen butterflies as a reminder of God’s presence. They have appeared to her in moments when she needed encouragement and reminded her she is not alone.
The butterfly theme reminds us that the wonder of God’s love and kindness is sometimes reflected in the gentle whispers of His creation and that we all have the power to transform from simple caterpillars into exquisite butterflies. Perhaps this miracle of over a billion butterflies is a reminder of the hope needed by us all. If you would like to be inspired further, purchase Box of Butterflies by Roma Downey.