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BUTTERFLIES IN JOPLIN

Posted by Peg on June 30, 2011 in Inspiration |

Take from this what you will….I received this in an email from a friend, and I would attribute it to the writer if I could find who that is.  As it is, I don’t know who wrote it, but I feel confident that they would want it shared with others.  I personally know that God watches over us, and He sends His angels to protect and help us.  I hope this touches your hear like it did mine.

 

Butterflies and Puppies…

As I walked around Joplin today and attended the Moment of Silence, outside of St. John’s Hospital, I had the opportunity to talk with a few of the local people that lived in the neighborhood..  They were all very hopeful and extremely friendly.  As I looked around at the devastation, my heart sank into my stomach.  The only thing I kept thinking is “why God” – “why”.  I felt so extremely sad for everyone that lost their family, friends, their home.

I put my mind into imagining what I would feel like had I have gone through this devastation, what would it feel like, what would I feel?  I walked silently around an older neighborhood that was very quiet.  I was surprised to see the homeowners were not there salvaging their belongings, it was so quiet.  Maybe they were elsewhere and were coming back later.  I walked and prayed for the people of the area. I believe in prayer and God, I believe something good will come from this terrible tragedy.

I walked back towards St. John’s where random people were leaving the moment of silence. I came across some people talking and I stopped to talk to them.  One couple was a local couple that just lived blocks from where we were standing.  Fortunately, their home was untouched, just a couple of trees down. The couple told me a couple of chilling stories that have changed my life.

As the tornado approached, a father and his two young children were outside in their yard. They did not have enough time to get in to the house for cover.  The father of the kids threw himself on top of his babies and they were on the ground.  The father dug his hands into the ground as the tornado plowed right over them. The soles of the shoes he was wearing, ripped right off.  He LOST the Soles to his SHOES!  Amazing!  The father and the children stood up, after the tornado moved on, UNHARMED.  The 4 year old little girl looked at her daddy and said “Daddy I saw that big butterfly holding you down”. Think about that…

The other story they told me was of a young boy was swept up by the tornado and dropped back to the ground.  As he was unharmed he told his mom “I saw butterflies and a white puppy”.


There were all kinds of “butterflies” around that day. I believe they were Angels but the only words the young children could use to describe them was to call them butterflies.  There is no doubt in my mind an angel was holding down that father as he protected his babies.  How could the soles of his shoes be ripped off and he not be swept up by the tornado? The “butterfly” held him down…

My life is changed, life is short and should be lived minute by minute. I do not have fear of death, my future is secured.  God loves me and His promises keep me safe.  I continue to pray for the people of Joplin, they have a long road ahead of them.  The angels are with them, with us all.  Have no fear.

God Bless you, your family, and friends.  And, may His “butterflies and puppies” keep watch over you too!



 


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12 Comments

  • Amy Hammerle says:

    I just returned from a mission trip to Joplin and heard the stories of the butterfly people. After seeing the destruction that occurred that day, I believe that God sent his angels to protect and comfort those precious lives that day.

  • WANDA DAVIS says:

    WHAT A LOVELY THING TO READ AND TO THANK OF THE BUTTERFLIES BEING ANGELS. THEY HAD TO BE SAVING SO MANY PRECIOUS PEOPLE. I LIVE NORTH OF JOPLIN AND WOULD GO THROUGH THERE EVERYTIME WE WENT TO TULSA TO VISIT OUR SON AND FAMILY. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU THAT WENT THROUGH THIS HORRIBLE TORNADO..

  • Paul Mashburn says:

    Why am I so choked up?! I want to believe this so much.

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  • Maribel Chung says:

    I came across this articles from Prairie Flower Farm.
    Unfortunately, I was not able to save it.

    I’m doing articles on Angels and thought of searching the web. Your article came out.

    God Bless you for posting this so people can read this. God is indeed Faithful. He sends His Angels to watch over us.

  • Pastor John. says:

    I’m sitting in church listening to a testimony about a Joplin trip my wife just returned from. She just shared about how she heard about all these stories of butterflies from children. Truly amazing and I believe the children saw angels that evening.

  • Sherri Pounds says:

    I have heard many stories of that same nature from victims of the Joplin tornado.. Its is such an amazing and beautiful thing to see GOD work right in front of your eyes.. Thank you for sharing that inspirational story..

  • Kim Canaday says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I am so happy that so many are having the opportunity to read it. The experience was life changing for me and my prayer is that those that read it will be changed as well. Thank you for posting. Kim

  • Mike says:

    Sweet TRUE STORY about the Joplin Tornado
    This article was written by Kim Canaday on Memorial Day.
    Butterflies and Puppies… Take from this what you will..
    By Kim Canaday on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 10:43pm

    I got this in an e-mail also and above is who wrote it.

  • Patti Winker says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Peg. I’ve been through a few tornadoes and hurricanes, one major. There is no doubt in my mind that angels come to protect and help us.

    Someday, I’ll share the story about the butterfly that landed on my hand while my Hubby and I sat in the stillness after the hurricane. That is not something ordinary… that is something heaven sent.

    The veil between now and then, us and them, earthly and beyond, is very, very thin.

    • Peg says:

      Patti, I am so glad you liked it. And I am thankful that you came through the storms and are here to be such a great friend! We need to do some “guest” blogging and stir up some chuckles! Happy 4th!

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