They come in countless varieties. Some blend in with their surroundings in brown and beige and others sport an outstanding punch of color: glimmering turquoise, shiny gold, gorgeous purple and pink. Butterflies are always near the flowers as they blossom in the most incredible rainbow of colors, too! Don’t you agree that this combination of beauty is hard to compare?
My grandparents took me to a butterfly sanctuary once.
It’s embedded in my mind. Unforgettable. It was like a green house, full of flowers and fragrance. It seemed like heaven to me! I walked in and immediately a cluster of butterflies floated across my path. Hundreds of them were free to flutter around in this place and I was free to stare in wonder of it all. This was A-mazing!
Later that year, my teacher brought a butterfly house into our classroom and we watched in awe as this little creeping caterpillar started to disappear into its cocoon or ‘chrysalis’. Then, we anxiously awaited a butterfly to emerge. The transformation that takes place is breath taking, like something you would see in a magic show.
When you compare them, do a caterpillar and a butterfly have much in common? Nope. One slinks along the ground and up the trees. It’s the prey of birds and easily squashed by our feet. The other flies, rising above many things that presented itself as a danger before. There is an effortless beauty about the butterfly, but one can only feel sorry for the helpless caterpillar. Except to think, “At least you will be a butterfly one day, little fella.”
The transformation inside the cocoon is called ‘metamorphosis’. It’s where the tissue, limbs and organs of a caterpillar are all being changed. Old body parts are replaced with new ones! And the new creature that appears is something much more grand than what it used to be.
You and I have a metamorphosis, too. It takes place at the cross of Christ where our old life dies. As you put the faith of your heart in Jesus, you are now a new creation, raised into new life with Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
God’s very Spirit comes to live inside of you. He walks with you every day. Having replaced your old nature that was prone to sin has come a new nature of righteousness. Your identity now is the righteousness of Jesus! (2 Corinthians 5:21) You have His goodness, His joy, His peace, His love – everything you need to live for Him – on the inside of you! (2 Peter 1:3)
From now on, you can “count yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11 NIV)
You are like the incredible, multi-colored butterfly – discovering your wings and soaring on the heights of grace.
Make 2019 count!