Does the caterpillar have any idea of the transformation he is about to undergo when he shuts himself away inside a dark and lonely cocoon?
Some caterpillars are beautiful, their colours and markings a sight to behold.
The human mind, if it did not know of the metamorphosis about to occur, would marvel at the creature and acclaim it for such a striking appearance. But we do know what faces the lowly caterpillar.
Renewal of it's life into something magnificent!
I believe many Christians, myself included, go through seasons - both long and short - of imagining their lives are lovely enough in caterpillar mode. They are content with their lot, and desire no change, so they warm up to the ways of the world around them and settle in for a mundane existence. After all, this requires no spiritual exertion to examine their lives, character, habits, beliefs, personal truths.
Yeh, life in Caterpillar City is fine by them.
But what are they - what am I - missing?
A butterfly robe.
A beautiful transformation from the old to the new, from the past-our-use-by-date to the just getting started adventure!
Sure, that butterfly has to exert some serious energy and strength to break free of the cocoon in order to fully complete the metamorphosis, but what a sight to behold she is when the last shreds of her dingy grey grave clothes fall away.
That's what God has in store for you and I if we ask Him to renew our minds, washing it free from the stains of the world we've allowed to soil our hearts, thoughts, and lives.
We may have to break free of the things that we've shackled our lives to and that could be hard, but...imagine the freedom when those tentacles of sin and worldly conformity are broken.
Are you game?
I think my butterfly robe will be blues, and carry the fragrance of heaven in every thread.
What about you?
God bless you and keep you always in His strong and mighty arms,