I wonder what words you'd use to describe a dragonfly? Small, delicate, graceful, or even gentle?
Have you ever felt small like a dragonfly? Perhaps there have been times when you've felt tired like your wings can't carry you anymore, or you just feel like you're flying from one thing to another with little chance of a rest. Or maybe you've felt small because of our age, or because of things that are happening around you.
I wonder if you would ever describe a dragonfly as strong?
Dragonflies may look like small gentle insects, but they are seriously strong. They, together with damselflies belong to an order of insects called Odonata meaning "toothed one" in Greek which refers to their serrated sharp teeth. Together with their super strong wings, & ability to fly up to speeds of 30mph they are one of the strongest insects on the planet!
One species called the Globe Skimmer Dragonfly travels 11,200 miles back & forth across the Indian Ocean, making it the longest migration of any insect! That's one powerful set of wings!
Next time you see a dragonfly remember Philippians 4:13;
"I can do all things through Him who gives me strength."
We may feel small sometimes, but even in the toughest times God is always there giving us strength to carry on, helping us to stretch out our wings & fly again.
Make Your Own Sycamore Seed Dragonfly:
Sycamore Seed Dragonfly Prayer
Creator God, When I feel small or frightened by the big stuff, may I always be reminded I am never alone, for you are with me always. Your love makes me brave & strong. Amen