Yesterday afternoon the activity of choice on the playground at Jenks West Elementary, Building B, the preschoolers, was playing with caterpillars.
Fuzzy ones. 🙂 Boys and girls alike. There were tons of them. They were all over the ground beneath some of the larger shaded trees on the playground.
Wherever you could find caterpillars, you could also find preschoolers scooping them up into buckets to see who could retrieve the highest number of them.
Both squeals of fear and squeals of delight could be heard across the entire play area. It was often difficult to decifer the difference between the two.
Seeing those caterpillars, reminded me of the complete metamorphosis the butterfly experiences as it grows into an adult.
They go through 4 stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis) and adult. The life cycle of a butterfly takes anywhere from one month to several years.
When the caterpillar has done all of its forming and changing inside the pupa, it is then ready to emerge a new creation. It now has wings. It can fly.
That’s how it is with you and me. We are nothing more than an egg when we begin. A twinkle in God’s eye that becomes His creation. Then through the chrysalis process we emerge a beautiful new creation, unrecognizable from our former selves.
I urge each of you to spread your beautiful wings and fly! Don’t remain the ugly fuzzy caterpillars slowly inching your way around in life. And don’t lock yourselves away from others in your solitary cocoon until the time is right for your new life to take hold.
Free yourself from anything that binds you. Just like our friend the butterfly, as we struggle to break free from our cocoon, we emerge more evolved, more beautiful. Let your inner beauty shine from the inside out.
Let’s leave the caterpillars on the playground and instead be the butterfly. God’s finished masterpiece.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Love and laughter,