Pilar is one of those people I could call (if she lived within driving distance) on a night when I was just needing friendship, and she’d show up with ice cream and a really bad movie for us to laugh through. I’ve never met this woman, but I know this to be true. She’s one of my favorite Twitter friends, and I’m so glad to have her post for us today. Enjoy.

On Sunday afternoon, we stopped by our local grocery store to pick up some things. As I walked in, I saw a butterfly banging against the glass window.

At first, I thought nothing of it, until I suddenly felt the urge to help her. I put my hand out to try and lead her outside. But she was too afraid to go on my hand.

She couldn’t comprehend I was trying to help her. She just kept going on my hand for a second and then flying back to the window. This happened numerous times.

I tried to find ways to lure her away from the window and bring her outside. I even tried cajoling her. I would get so close to only end in defeat.

Before I knew it, a crowd had gathered around me. They were all watching and reacting to what I was doing.

I must have looked like a spectacle running back and forth with my arms floundering around like a madwoman. But my focus was primarily on the butterfly and not on me.

The butterfly finally went on my hand and was set free. We all watched in wonder as the butterfly flew away. What a beautiful moment.

The whole incident made me think about how many times we bang against the same window in our own lives. Someone or something comes along showing us a better way, but we don’t trust or believe. We stay in the familiar because it’s all we know.

We are actually no different than the butterfly being fooled by the illusion of a window. We catch glimpses sometimes, but there is a barrier preventing us from experiencing freedom.

I can relate to the butterfly. I can identify with staying in the familiar. Where life is predictable and risk free. Freedom is attained by trusting and taking risks.

What is preventing you from being free? What is stopping you from achieving your dreams?

Pilar Arsenec is a legal secretary by day and a writer by night. On her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, singing and cooking. You can find her blog, Ordinary Servant, at http://inhisloveministries.blogspot.com.