This week my family and I are licking up the last sweet drops of summer like a quickly melting cone. We’re swimming, grilling, and garage sailing to our hearts content. I”ll be back next week with a fresh post and an exciting GIVEAWAY you won’t want to miss. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this post from my archives…
Once upon a time there was a caterpillar…
Towards the end of summer my daughter and I found a caterpillar crawling on a long stem of Queen-Ann’s-Lace.
Fascinated, we took him inside, found an empty glass jar, filled it with leaves, and made a new home for our friend.
My daughter has been a long time fan of the Eric Carle classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and I was hopeful that she would be able to watch the process of the worm to butterfly transformation unfold before her eyes.
Within a few days we were excited to watch our caterpillar friend weave himself into a delicate cocoon. We placed him in the windowsill by our kitchen sink and waited to see what would happen next.
As we watched and waited I was struck by the ways this caterpillar symbolized the truth of God. While snuggled away in his cocoon, this caterpillar looked absolutely dead. I mean it, no signs of life anywhere. Yet on the inside a miracle was happening; our caterpillar was being transformed into something alive and beautiful.
Who but God can do this? Who but God can take something dead and transform it into life and beauty?
In Isaiah 61, God tells us that His mission is to make captives free. To make beauty from ashes. To turn mourning into joyous blessing, and despair into festive praise.
No matter whom you are or what you’re facing this day, no matter what seems dead, destroyed, or hopeless in your life, take heart! God is at work in your life and in you, because our God is a God who transforms, our God is a God of miracles, our God is a God of beauty and life. The fullest life. For you.
In the end, I’m sad to say our caterpillar never hatched, but even still, I do not doubt God’s miracles. Butterfly or not, this caterpillar and his cocoon brought beauty and life to my heart by reminding me of God and His truth.
In his book, Walking With God, John Eldredge writes:
“Now, if Christ takes it upon himself to lead, then our part is to follow. And you’ll find that it helps a great deal in your following if you know what God is up to. True, we may not know exactly what God is up to in this or that event in our lives. “Why didn’t I get the job?” “How come she won’t return my calls?” “Why haven’t my prayers healed this cancer?” I don’t know. Sometimes we can get clarity, and sometimes we can’t.
But whatever else is going on, we can know this: God is always up to our transformation.
God has something in mind. He is deeply and personally committed to restoring humanity. Restoring you.” (Walking With God, pg. 19)
Sweet friends, may you wake up this day to the fairy tale found in the ways He transforms, in the ways He works miracles, in the ways He makes butterflies from caterpillars and beauty from ashes.
~ From the Archives