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What is the butterfly effect?

It’s a chaos theory.

No, I’m not a science fiction fan or conspiracy theorist.

Some scientists and theorists believe that a butterfly’s wings might create itty bitty alterations in the earth’s atmosphere that could possibly change the path of a tornado or create a hurricane. According to the butterfly effect theory, the flapping wing represents a small change that can cause a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events.

“Theory states: a butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air — eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.”

It’s a ripple effect. One small act by one small insignificant creature can change the course of history.

Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the outcome and direction of the tornado would be different. The butterfly doesn’t provide the energy to shift the tornado. It does “cause” it in the sense that the flap of its wings is an essential part of the initial conditions resulting in a tornado. Without that flap, that particular tornado would not have existed.

We’re small and insignificant creatures on our own. But, unlike the butterfly, we are created in His image and to honor and bring glory to God. Our acting in obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading is a part of a divine plan and we can make a difference through our actions.

Butterflies hold a special meaning for me. To me, they symbolize spiritual birth and renewal. They are a sign of new life. As I embark on this journey in Asia, I hope that God will use me to create a butterfly effect.

By flapping my wings, I hope to be a change in another person’s life. I am not the initial cause or source of the change, God is.

I pray that as you and I embark on this journey we would allow God to use us to make the flap that changes someone’s eternity. You can do that from anywhere in the world and I pray you’d embark on your own journey to create a butterfly effect.

You play an integral part in this journey. Your prayers and commitment to partner are a vital flap of the butterfly’s wing. Your journey in your sphere of influence is one only you can take and one that the Lord has ordained. Use your days wisely and follow His leading.

I’m excited to be sharing this adventure with you.


The butterfly effect


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