Friday, April 15, 2011

Things Aren't Always What They Appear To Be

March2011 Male Polyphemus Moth

Last week, Samuel came running into the house calling me to "Come look!...Mama, come look!"
He led me out to the front porch where he showed me a large brown moth that he had caught out at the barn.
I set the large moth up on the wall of the porch...and spread it's wings out.

Male Polyphemus Moth 3/2011

Wow! We were delighted to say the least! Who knew such a dull brown moth could really be so beautiful.
I went inside and quickly found our "Butterflies and Moths" identification guide and looked our gorgeous friend up.

Male Polyphemus Moth

He's a Polyphemus Moth, a member of the giant silk moth family and we know he's a "he" by his fuzzy antennae. The Polyphemus Moth can grow to a six inch wingspan. Ours is pretty close. After becomming moths, they only live for ten days as they cannot eat due to very small mouthparts. They mate, females lay their eggs, and then they die. We felt blessed that we were able to see this guy before he passed on.

Polyphemus Eyespot

Things aren't always what they appear to be, case in point, the Polyphemus Moth.
But this is a lesson I'm learning in my own life, my spiritual life as I've posted in a recent entry entitled, In Love We Journey On .
I'm learning that in order to line up with God's will, hear His voice, and heed His guidance, I had better stay close to Him.
And as of late that is where I desire to be more than any other place.
No, so much of this world is not what it seems and in order for us as Christians to stay above reproach we had better stay in His Word, meditate on it, fellowship with believers of deep spiritual maturity and that have a passion for the things of God, and pray without ceasing.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~2 Timothy 2:15~

Blessings, Julie


Jade said...

Delightful post & what an interesting moth!
Your words contain such admirable awareness and wisdom.

Brownie said...

How beautiful! Isn't is something the detail that God puts in his creatures?

Anonymous said...

Walking close to Him is the best place to be. O that we (the church) would long more to walk with Him than we long for the things of the world.

Charlotte Bays said...

We had one outside our house this morning. I was able to take pictures of it. I feel totally blessed every time I see something so special. We have lived at Linn Valley Lake a little over 3 years now and this is the first one I've seen. I didn't appear to be in very good health and evidently blew away this afternoon during a short thunderstorm.

Allie said...

Wow, I have to leave a comment here about how amazing it is that God's presence and wisdom can be felt and experienced through his creation if we are paying attention. Today as I was running errands, my two children and I found a dying moth like the one you mention above. They had never seen a moth like that and I thought it was some type of Lunar moth. We picked it up and brought it home. Tonight I got online to research what type of moth it was and found your blog first. In reading your comments I just smiled realizing that God must have meant for me to find the moth which led me to read your Godly words of wisdom! The reminder that we, as Christians, must stay close to God and walk with Him daily, even hourly, was exactly what I needed to hear. I too am a homeschooling Mom and this year has started out to be my most challenging yet. Your words are a great encouragement to me and I thank you for them! God truly does work in mysterious ways and today it was though a beautiful moth! Bless you for sharing this message!