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God is in the details

September 1, 2012

“God is in the details.” (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe gets the credit for that piece of wisdom. He’s the same guy that said, “Less is more.”)

beautiful detail – What is it?

I encountered an amazing example of “God in the details” this weekend when I saw pictures by Kjell B. Sandved for the first time. (I realize I may be waking up very late to this.) He was a nature photographer on an unusual quest. And after 24 years, because he watched the details, he finished his task!


He worked in the National Museum of Natural History for the Smithsonian Institution. One day he noticed the detail on the wings of a butterfly – a perfect letter ‘F’. Off he went, around the world, to see if he could find the rest. And he did!

His book, Butterfly Alphabet, contains all the 26 letters in the latin alphabet and the arabic numerals 0 to 9 – from the wings of butterflies.



Now, I don’t know about you, but I have missed that marvel until now. He saw something I didn’t. But you can be sure that now every time I see a butterfly, I see it differently.

Butterfly wings now, more than ever, cause me to see that God is in the details. And I find confidence and comfort in that. If He is so intentional about the wings of the butterfly, purposefully placing every single scale, then He will not be caught by surprise over any detail of my life.


The message written on butterfly wings is that I am wrapped in the infinite, intentional, intimate care of my Father! And that makes my heart fly!

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, …

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

… your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:28-33

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Deb permalink
    September 1, 2012 12:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing this encouragement. I’m so thankful our Creator knows all the details in our lives. Good insights. Thanks for sharing my friend. Love you!

    • September 3, 2012 2:42 pm

      I LOVE it every time you stop by! I’m praying that your fall is full of wondrous surprises – evidences of His unexpected grace!

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