The Butterfly Effect

It is quite astounding, this butterfly effect theory. It basically refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny, tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado in another part of the world. It doesn’t imply that the butterfly created the tornado, just that the flap of its wing created a small change in the conditions, and this change kind of mimicked a domino effect.

But I could have told you about this butterfly effect all on my own, without any fancy measuring instrument.

Because when I lived in a little country called Luxembourg in Europe years and years and years ago because my family moved from Belgium for my dad’s job and I was a messed up teenager filled with anger, hang-ups, unforgiveness and hatred, I met this girl who gave me a book filled with pictures of happy people. People who smiled, and laughed, and raised their hands. People who looked enticingly beautiful. And I had to find out if this was for real or trick photography.

So I went to check them out, these Jesus People whose pictures were in that book, but I met Him, this Jesus whose book it was. And the rest is history. And the rest is His story in my life.

And then I met a man who just happened to be in the Air Force in Europe stationed where I lived because the Navy guy was at lunch when he went to sign up and he was too impatient to wait. And we got married and moved across the ocean to a tiny little town in PA because we believed God called us there. And we made three beautiful babies. And we were poor but God provided. These three babies grew up into strong men and woman of God. One of them is now affecting people in corporate America with his kindness and upright ways, another one is changing the face of the school system in Virginia, and the third is making a way for the survivors of the horrible genocide in Uganda to have hope and a future again.


The butterfly effect indicates that a butterfly wing’s effect can change the direction and/or power of a storm on the other side of the world. My life declares that an ugly larva indeed turns into a butterfly, and its reach is not even measurable. Unless you use grace measurements.

butterfly transformation

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  1. Hi, I came here by way of “Just Write”. Thanks for sharing your story.

    Here is a little of mine: As a teenager, my neighbor became a “Jesus Freak” from the crazy church (that’s what we called them). It changed him from a troubled teen to someone I hardly recognized. Around the same time, my mother took me to the Catholic Church to meet in the basement with the nuns and some of those same Jesus Freaks. But, I wasn’t ready. I guess I was larva.

    My neighbor and the nuns introduced me to Christ (although I grew up in church). Then my aunt and uncle became believers in Christ. Three years later, my mother and step-father became believers. With the four of them praying, it was another seven years for me. Then two more for my husband. Our children are strong Christians. The Butterfly Effect.


  2. Lovely thoughts here! I love the idea of grace measurements. Thank you for this. Thanks for linking up at Woman to Woman! Join us next Wednesday too! 🙂


  3. Andy Andrews wrote on this very subject. It is a quick little book but contains powerful thoughts on the far reaching effects each of our lives contains. Thank you for the reminder today. I visited from Katherine’s Corner 🙂


  4. Another beautiful post. It’s amazing to think about…The potential effect that our one seemingly small choice can have for eternity. And even more awesome when it’s our kids’ choices that are changing lives!


  5. It does happen like that, doesn’t it? When you think you’re not heading anywhere or making any kind of difference, you turn around one day and see it’s made all the difference.
    Thanks for sharing on the Showoff Weekend blog party!


  6. Interesting thought how something so tiny can have a large impact on life when put together with other factors of God’s choosing. I like the traditional example of the drawing you used in the center of your post. One day we are ugly cocoons, the next day we are beautiful butterflies.


  7. Simply beautiful story. I happened upon your blog from a link party at Opulent Cottage and have now become a follower. The draw to open the link to this story is because my granddaughter (Annabelle, 3) and I are learning about butterflies together on our visits which are about 3 times a week right now due to some family medical issues. No doubt that God led me here this morning….


  8. Beautiful post, and I loved seeing your children at a time when our friendship came together. And I would love to loan you my copy of The Butterfly Effect. It’s a very quick read. My Camille loved it when I read it with her.


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