This afternoon I rode my bicycle out to Tony and Lauree’s home to get some more pictures. As I was returning I stopped off at Kevin and Bonnie’s house. I had heard that they had some Aji (Hot Peppers) plants growing there with many peppers ready to harvest and they did not need all of the peppers. Now, as far as I am concerned, one can never have too many hot peppers so I went to harvest a few for our home.
After visiting with the couple we went down to the garden area and started to pick lots of nice ripe aji (pronounced Ah-Hee) peppers. As I was picking the peppers, this little guy stopped by to visit.
I immediately thought of our grandson, Jacob. When we were visiting in Ohio last July we took Jacob and his family to a butterfly tent. There were scores of butterflies fluttering about, but Jacob ignored them all and stood stark still with his little arm extended. I asked him what he was doing and he told me that he had heard that if you stood still and waited, a butterfly would land on your finger.
I was skeptical, but I waited with him for perhaps ten or fifteen minutes as butterflies flew around us in hopes that one would stop and perch on little Jacob’s outstretched finger. Before it happened, I was actually praying that a butterfly would stop and visit our grandson’s finger. Long after I would have given up, this little butterfly stopped on Jacob’s outstretched finer.
With gratitude to a gracious God I snapped away as the butterfly perched for four of five seconds before realizing that Jacob was not a flower.
So, I was amazed today when this butterfly perched on my wrist as I was reaching for ahi peppers!
I called to Bonnie and told her that my camera was in my backpack and she got these pictures of the butterfly trying to glean nectar from my arm! The butterfly stayed in place as I moved my arm up toward my face.
We shared a spiritual moment together for three or four minutes before the little guy realized that I had no nectar to offer.
He flew away leaving me with a blessing and gratitude to a loving God who shows His great love in so many small ways.
Johnny – Make sure you show this to Jacob!
Life is good everywhere (but especially) in Ecuador!