I was going through one of those times recently. I was driving home in a mood that would have had to climb 50 feet just to reach dejected and depressed. As I rounded the last curve before my house I noticed that my car’s antenna had smashed into a butterfly. Seeing that beautiful creature’s wings crumbled around it was the last straw.
Butterflies had always been special to me. My Mom had loved their simple beauty and delicate grace. Seeing them always reminded me too of her own lovely and loving spirit. Now I was going to have to peel a dead one off my car. After I stopped I walked sadly around to the antenna. I reached over, gently touched the tip of the butterfly’s wing, and lifted it away from the antenna. Suddenly, to my utter delight the butterfly moved. It hadn’t been crushed at all! It fluttered its wings and flew happily up into the air. It swirled around my head and then floated off to find a good flower to feast on.
I was left smiling and laughing with joy. It felt like God and my Mom had found the perfect way to remind me that I was still watched over and still loved. Squire Rushnell calls these moments, "Godwinks." They can be a coincidence, an answered prayer, or a second of great happiness that reminds you that God loves you and is forever one with you. My life didn’t instantly get any better after this moment, but my soul sure did. In that wink I was shown once again that God’s eyes are upon us and His love is with us forever.