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  • Writer's picturePetra Hadžidaova


Updated: Mar 18

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)


Butterfly collecting nectar


In spring, summer and autumn butterflies attract my attention during my walks. This started years ago. Every time I see them, it fills me with great joy and hope. I see them as Yahweh’s way of communicating His love to me. That a transformation is underway. But what I have noticed lately is their haste. I had wished they would stand still for a while so I could admire them better. And then one day it hit me: Yahweh wants me to be still, too. That I be still and receive from Him.


Butterflies are incredibly amazing creatures, especially their process of transformation, which continues to amaze the world to this day. From a caterpillar - often portrayed as an ugly creature - it becomes a creation of amazing beauty. And there are so many different types. They are spanning from one color and design to the next.

We can draw so many parallels with them. Just like them, we are a work in progress. We transform from little caterpillars into this finished product full of Yahweh’s light and glory. We are all unique, different from each other - of different "colors".

But that is not what I wanted to talk about today. I want to mention something else that is crucial to the process of transformation—the skill of stillness.

On many of my walks lately, all I wanted was for the butterflies to be still enough to come to me and stay on my finger for a while. So I could admire their beauty. You know how fast they move and buzz through the sky. And although I tried, none would stay.

Then one day it hit me; this must be how Yahweh feels too. He desires we come to Him and stay for a while. To linger in His presence and be still. Especially when we are busy flitting through life like little butterflies, flying from one task to the next. We try to meet not only our own needs but sometimes the needs of others as well. But do we ever take a moment to be still?


Yeshua knew the importance of being still. Even when He preached to the masses, He knew how to keep Himself in stillness. Several times He chose to distance Himself by preaching from a boat in the middle of the lake. In this way, he secured stillness for Himself.

Other times He sent the disciples out to find a place to rest. He knew the importance of being still and resting. When we are still, we hear clearly from Yahweh. In our stillness, He can reveal great and amazing things to us. And in that stillness, our intimacy with Him grows. And as our intimacy with Him grows, so does our faith. And we also receive a new filling of the Holy Spirit.

So I say:



Take 5 minutes every day throughout the week and just be still. Admire His creations and let the Lord speak to you for a change.

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