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The Damsel Fly
Jean Marie Smith, ND
The gray, cloudy sky looked threatening as the wind began to rapidly increase in strength, whipping the grass and tree branches. Yet I was determined to get outdoor exercise before the thunderstorm exploded.
I rapidly walked down the lane toward the favorite part of my daily walk—a steep hill on the neighboring farmer’s property. The wind increased and howled as I carefully began to walk over the cattle guard in the road, located below the hill. Providentially, as I crossed the stream on a small bridge just before mounting the hill, the long, lush green grasses caught my eye. Despite the raging wind, I slowed my pace and watched the foot-long blades swaying. Then I stopped completely, amazed at what I saw.
Sitting on one of the blades of grass, I could see a small, inch-long damsel fly. The beautiful iridescent turquoise color caught my eye. I stood watching, as the long clump of grass was blown side to side in the strong wind. Yet the pretty fly remained perched on one blade, securely riding the grass as it violently moved back and forth.
It was incredible to see the little insect remain unmoved from the agitated grass to which it clung, seemingly effortlessly. As I continued to watch another minute, heaven-sent thoughts began to pour into my mind.
A storm is coming for God’s people, relentless in its fury. Yet He will be our strength and stay. The Lord is our keeper, and He will help us to remain connected to Him despite the chaos all around. He will be our peace in the storm.
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. . .
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.”