Just as I bent to add purple hydrangeas and tiger lilies to my son's grave arrangement, a bird started singing in a nearby pine tree. The entire time I added flowers to fill the spaces, the bird continued its serenade. I kept looking into the trees and couldn't see what kind of bird it was; then all of a sudden it flew to a different perch and started singing again. It looked like a mocking-bird, but I'd never heard a mocking-bird sing like that. Nowhere in the Bible is it written that a person can issue forth birdsongs for a loved one on earth. I know that. But I couldn't help but wonder if God wasn't blessing me a little more than normal on this 7th anniversary of Chad's entrance to heaven. I laughed at the thought, that Chad was elbowing Gabriel and saying, "See her? That's my momma, putting those flowers out."
I began taking pictures to post on Facebook for my granddaughters to see the new arrangement. And just as I began snapping photos, a spotted butterfly came and landed on one of the yellow roses. Again I laughed. The Lord sent us a butterfly to remind us of the new life Chad has in Jesus now.
"but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life." Romans 5:8-10
I took a few more pictures and noticed an array of yellow, striped, and small orange butterflies flitting from one yellow daisy to another in the cemetery and adjoining field. The daisies reminded me of how much Chad loved to pick wildflowers alongside the road with his girls. In fact, Abby (now 10), remembered that when she spotted some Texas Bluebonnets on the side of the highway just last month. It was a good memory. And that, my friends, is exactly what all those little acts of love created while Chad was here with us. Sweet loving memories of his presence--memories to cherish today as we wait to join him some day. One of Chad's favorite sayings was "Don't forget, take time to smell the flowers."
I love you, my son...