Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dragonflies and Divine Serendipity

Today is the first day of fall and, after a scorching, humid, record-breaking-amount-of-rain-summer in Central Florida, it was hot but comfortable enough to enjoy a day in the yard with the kids. As Bella played in her playhouse and Carlos rode his bike, I suddenly realized I was surrounded by dozens and dozens of iridescent blue dragonflies. I've always loved these beautiful little creatures and liked to think of them as magical cousins to fairies. Kady shared my love for them, as well as ladybugs, butterflies, hummingbirds and peacocks.

If you knew me, you'd know that I'm pretty practical and often skeptical so I don't see "signs" in every dragonfly, ladybug, butterfly, hummingbird or peacock. However, I have to say that since Kady died there have been so many occurrences, glimpses, happenings, signs - whatever you prefer to call them - that I can only believe are orchestrated gifts sent by God. And why shouldn't I readily believe that my loving, compassionate Abba Father, who knows my sorrow and how desperately I long for my daughter, wouldn't send a sweet, loving little message to comfort me and imbibe my very spirit with beautiful, restorative, heart-warming thoughts of my daughter? I honestly don't look for these signs, but I won't dismiss them when they're inches from my face, either.

We've lived in our house for 10 years and, because we're on the river, we have an abundance of dragonflies, but never have I seen a swarm like I saw today, and all around me at that! In 10 years I've seen one hummingbird in our yard - after Kady died. The exact hydrangea bloom where I placed some of her ashes remained alive and vibrant all through the winter. A Dendrobium orchid that Kady gave me years earlier and had never bloomed again, became full of beautiful blooms after she died.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. Call it what you like. I prefer Divine Serendipity.

Lessons from a Dragonfly

A dragonfly accepts it’s brevity of life
With its gossamer wings feeling the breeze
Full of freedom it watches our joy and our strife
Its wisdom learned flitting from water to air to trees
With wings that shimmer showing purpose and duty
Obedient to all of life’s changes in flight
Modestly it shows us its outer beauty
Always gracious, mindful and full of delight
So whether what life gives you is good, bad, or sad
Show others that inner beauty counts and matters
Make your actions amount to many smiles and be glad
For the dragonfly knows it lives a brief life this way
So I learn from this creature to live wisely each day
And make every minute special to those that you love
As the dragonfly watches our actions from above

~Ruth O'Neill


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