Amazing how one thing can change your day. One word. One song. One smile. One laugh. One tear. One butterfly. Yesterday as I walked through the University campus, I live on, I was overcome with butterflies as I walked past this unusual corner. I’ve walked by many times but never have I literally walked through dozens of butterflies circling over head. Butterflies are beautiful creation and there always seems to be discussion of “the butterfly effect”. Basically “the butterfly effect” entails a large chain reaction that occurs based of something as simple as a butterfly landing on a chair catching the eye of the person sitting at the seat. Well these dozens of butterflies definitely played a key role in the change headed my way.
After weeks and weeks of my friend mentioning I come check out this homeless ministry, where fellow students come together and prepare food packages and then go personally deliver them on the streets in downtown. I finally was able to make it last night. It was neat because I wasn’t the only one who was new and I met other like minded individuals. I even ran into a friend from high school, who was also helping. It was incredible. The whole evening from the woman whose infectious smile change my whole attitude to the woman who screamed at me and another girl that we were communist and devil worshipers for trying to bring her food. All I can say is that last night was where I was meant to be. Even if there is only one reason in my life that I was saved from the accident, it felt like it was last night. One of the freshmen who was just as eager, excited and nervous for what to expect had asked me to join him as he wanted to talk to some of the people we were feeding. I joined and boy am I glad, we met a young man who is in a hard place in his life but wants to get out. We were able to provide a phone number of a local life changing center that especially focuses on young men and women. Then talking to this young woman who when I approached her and noticed her butterfly hat, I complimented her, trying to reach out and talk to her. She responded by blessing me with this little lapel pin thats for National High 5 Day! Then I was even able to say a prayer for her. It was such a neat experience. Being able to LISTEN to peoples stories. HELP where I felt I could. and then, to PRAY for each individual. The night was magical and I felt as though all the people I encountered last night lit up my world, their smiles were genuine, sincere and grateful. All I know is my life is changing. My heart is being sculpted and my soul is yearning. All the experiences in traveling this summer played a key role in helping me to judge less and love more. One thing is certain, my life will never be the same after walking through butterflies.