4 butterfly and Christian transformations

 

“Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24-25

I had the privilege of watching five caterpillars over three days. I spotted them eating my flowers. I have many flowers in my yard and take great pride in them. Yet, I was glad to share a few flowers with these beautiful creatures. In turn, they let me capture their amazing movements on camera. Every morning, I talked with them; I know, one-sided conversations can be perceived as silly. I enjoyed our early morning conversations, though. When I came home in the evening, they’d be fatter and longer, but oh, so graceful and beautiful.

This morning, one was still munching flowers, but a few hours later, he was not to be seen.

I looked deep in the bed of the plant to see if I could see cocoons, but I was unable to find them. I’m hoping that in a few weeks, I’ll see colorful butterflies flying around the flowers.

Four transformations in a butterfly’s life

Did you know that there were four transformations in the butterfly’s life?

  1. Egg. The butterfly lays tiny eggs on leaves.
  2. Caterpillar. The egg hatches, and the caterpillar eats the leaf. My caterpillars graduated to eating flowers.
  3. Chrysalis. The caterpillar spins a web-like chrysalis around its body and rests, as it transforms into a butterfly.
  4. Butterfly. Slowly, a butterfly emerges from the chrysalis. It rests for awhile, and then, it flies away.

Four transformations in a Christian’s walk

You might say that Christians have four transformations in their Christian walk.

  1. New creation. Once a person accepts Jesus as His Savior, he dies to himself and lives to Christ, Galatians 2:20. He becomes a new creation in Jesus, 1 Corinthians 5:17.
  2. Baby in Christ. As new Christians, we long for the milk of the pure Word of God, 1 Peter 2:2.
  3. Mature in Christ. As we feed on the Word of God and trust in the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we practice what we learn, and we are able to discern good and evil. Hebrews 5:14
  4. Like God. One day, we shall see God as He is, and we will be like Him, in all His beauty, holiness, and glory, 1 John 3:2.

I’m looking forward to spending eternity exploring the tiny marvels and great works of art that God has created. He is such an artist!

I’m looking forward to meeting Job’s Leviathan and Behemoth. I’m looking forward to petting a lion as he eats straw.

In the meantime, I’ll watch for the butterflies, hummingbirds, occasional eagle,Caterpillar - 1 and doves.

 

My prayer

Father, Your creation delights me. Thank You, for the beautiful creatures, fragrant flowers, and varieties of landscapes, waters, and heavens. There is beauty all around me just waiting to be discovered. Help me to see Your world through Your eyes. Help me to listen to Your world through Your ears. Help me to understand and share Your world with others. I praise You and delight in You. Amen.

Please share in the comments section the small and great wonders you are delighting in.

God Knows You & Wrapped You in Eternity

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O LORD, you have searched me and known me! Psalm 139:1

 

O LORD, you have examined me and understand me deeply.

You know my highs and my lows.

You see my rest and my works.

My rest is in You.

My works are Your works, prepared from before the foundations of the world.

You knew that You would empower me to climb the Great Wall six months after You healed me.

You know my thoughts and my words before I know them.

The Holy Spirit prays for me when words escape me.

You protect me and lead me.

You protected my body in the car crash.

I don’t know myself, but You know me. My thoughts are not Your thoughts.

I don’t understand why I do what I don’t want to do, but You know.

You are with me in my failure and in my success; in my despair and in my joy.

When I get my eyes off You, You lead me back to Your joy.

You wrapped me in eternity.

Before I was born, You formed the works that You equipped me to accomplish.

For You created me and declared Your creation very good.

Before the foundation of the world, You formed experiences to shape me into the woman You prepared me to be.

Before the foundation of the world, You knew me and gave Your own dear Son as my Redeemer.

Lord, the earth is in birth pangs, but You are in control.

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

As I pray the Scriptures, I learn about God, and I learn about myself. God is the Lord and is on His throne. As the world swirls around us, please take time to think about how God has worked in your life and acknowledge that before Him.

My prayer:

Father, You are our Creator, our Guide, our Protector, our King. Examine us and teach what we need to know and lead us in Your way. We love You, Lord and praise You for knowing us so intimately and still loving us. Like David, such knowledge and love is too high for us. We praise You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Please share what God is doing in your life with readers in the comment section. 

Life with a Capital L … A review

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Matt Heard, senior pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, has given Christians a gift with a capital “G” in his book Life with a capital L.  A moment in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow forever transformed him. Nikolai Yaroshenko’s painting There is Life Everywhere captured his attention and his mind.

Heard grapples with the statement of Jesus, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

From C.S. Lewis to Jonny Lang, from Tolstoy to John Lennon, Heard goes deep into what this God-given life we have on earth could potentially become if we were to stop and recognize the fullness of humanity and eternity within us.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, …

 

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:2, 10

What if in the busyness of life, we stopped to “be still and know” God? Really “know.” Life as a big “L” might spill from our hearts, flood our eyes with rich rainbows, pour unheard tones into our ears, and stream new depth of thought into our minds.

This book came to me as my Mama was walking to heaven. Her journey to heaven was longer and more agonizing than expected. Yet, in her journey, there were glimpses of eternity, reflections of her new home. On her journey, she was experiencing life with the capital “L,” and I was able to recognize that journey in a much richer depth than I think I would have if I had not been reading this book.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

My prayer

Father, thank You for Matt Heard and his insight into the depth of this precious gift You have given to Your people, this Life. Help us in our busyness of going through life to be still and know You, to recognize You as our Great God and Creator and You as our Father who cares about each of our tears and takes us by the hand and leads us. Thank You, Father. I love you.

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