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What does a dragonfly symbolize?

In Dragonfly, Inspirations, Romans on August 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Yesterday, the boys and I went for a walk at one of our favorite places. While we were walking, the dragonflies continually shared their presence with us. I love these little winged creatures, as much as I do the butterflies. As I walked, admiring them all, I was reminded of a little story (I have shared it before):

The Dragonfly
Author Unknown

Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.

Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.

When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful
blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.

Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.

But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!

† That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.  ~Romans 3-5 (The Message)

Today, I’ve found a listing of what the dragonfly symbolizes (as adapted from The Dragonfly Site):

* Maturity and a Depth of Character: The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.

* Power and Poise: The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes only with age and maturity. The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively. The awe inspiring aspect is how the dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity, effectiveness and well, if you look at proportions, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes when compared to the other insects. The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace that can be compared to a veteran ballet dancer. If this is not a brazen, lazy, overkill in terms of display of raw power, what is?

* Defeat of Self Created Illusions: The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it. This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.

* Focus on living ‘IN’ the Moment: The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis. This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.

* The Opening of One’s Eyes: The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also, in a manner of speaking, symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our universe, and our own minds.

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What’s Up?

In Caterpillars, changes, Romans on August 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Here, we have, again…some sort of unique looking caterpillar from my yard. I just came home from the grocery store when I walked up to find this little gem. Never before have I seen a purple, orange and black caterpillar with such a sheen covering; there were no little hairs sticking out here and there. Once again, of course, I googled it and found it to be a Black-spotted Prominent (Dasylophia anguina). I think that it will one day become a moth of some sort.

With all of these little bug-gers roaming around my yard, I am beginning to think that they carry a message with them. What are You up to, Lord?

Just as each little caterpillar begins to think of cocooning around this time of year, maybe my time for transformation is coming along as well. I know that the boys will be off to school during the daytime hours, soon enough, and with these thoughts come more of the many things that I could potentially accomplish; important things that I’ve not had time for in the past few years. I’m thinking that we shall begin these thoughts with a cocoon time of prayer, seeking and gathering personal guidance.  This is always the best way to begin a time of change ♥

† Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. ~Romans 12:2 NLT

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Weekend Warmth

In Romans, Spring, Summer, writing on May 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Barefoot afternoon, greet my feet in the warm green grass…

Warm green grass, welcome my girl to rest in the rays of the sun…

Rays of the sun, share your day with the wisp of refreshing winds.

Thank You, Lord, for the beauty of these days that we’ve lived.

† “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved…….Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” ~from Romans 10:8-10; 17.

Enough Time

In Romans, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Things and Stuff on February 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

From the Message version, Romans 11-14:

But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

Lessons from the Geese

In Autumn, Mosaic Mondays, Romans, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Wild Geese on October 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm

We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek. ~by Milton Olson adapted by Angeles Arrien, Lessons from Geese 

To see more mosaic’s today, visit Mary at the Little Red House.

Even Bunny’s Know the Truth

In Bunnies, Cups, Dishes, Romans, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported on October 13, 2009 at 2:45 pm

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38-39 NLT

Jesus Loves You Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Us All

Anticipation Deepens

In Animals and Birds, Autumn, Bunnies, Romans, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Unknown Author Quotes on October 3, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. ~Author Unknown

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. ~from The Message, Romans 8:18-21

Seasons of Preparation

In Animals and Birds, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Romans, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Wild Geese on September 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm

“How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within if only we would listen to it, that tells us certainly when to go forth into the unknown.” ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. ~Romans 8:27 NLT

Always Within You

In Buildings, Psalms, Romans, Scenic, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported, Swami Shivananda on August 4, 2009 at 10:57 am
When you have succeeded in enshrining God within your heart, you will see Him everywhere.

Swami Shivananda

Everywhere

Romans 10:9-10 tells us – – If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

In agreement with Psalm 90:14, LORD – – Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. -Amen.

Eternally, He Listens

In Mahatma Gandhi, Prayer, Romans, Simply Joyful Photos Blog Imported on July 25, 2009 at 10:00 pm
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
It is daily admission of one’s weakness.
It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

Mahatma Gandhi quotes

Pray

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13
NIV