What are we before we are transformed by Jesus? We are like caterpillars; we have potential, but a big change needs to occur.
21 A person’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders, weighs, and then makes level our paths.
Caterpillars to Butterflies. This beauty is an evolution-defying creation! They truly begin as one creature and transform into a different creation–all in less than two weeks. They are also a classic illustration of us before we believed in Jesus and after we believed Him and took Him at His word. Let’s look at some fun facts about caterpillars and butterflies.
|The Egg: All the information to assemble this creature was in place long before it hatched. Its nectar-eating mother knew just where to deposit the egg. (For many species, the caterpillar survives on only one specific type of plant.)|
|Caterpillar: The caterpillar is born with specialized tools to grab food and chow down. It will grow up to three thousand times its original size, so sometimes it needs to shed its outer skeleton. That means laying down a new outfit under the old one—wrinkles and all.|
|Pupa (Chrysalis): Eventually the caterpillar molts into a new body plan (a chrysalis). At the end of this stage, one final molt occurs. With the help of MRIs, we can watch how the pieces of the former life are carefully torn apart and rearranged.|
|Butterfly: Once the adult body is built, the butterfly will inflate until it splits the old exoskeleton. Then it pumps blood into the wings so they unfurl. After a short wait to let the new exoskeleton harden, the transformed creature takes to the air.|
To watch an eight-minute video on the metamorphosis of a butterfly, click here.
The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly is an exquisite illustration of our life in Christ. We are spiritual caterpillars until Christ comes and transforms us into spiritual butterflies. We are, indeed, new creations! The chrysalis of conviction, repentance, and faith happen at the Holy Spirit’s prompting. When is a caterpillar ready to become a butterfly? When the Holy Spirit deems it is the right time. We are also butterflies who hold out to all “caterpillars” the hope of them becoming butterflies, too, trusting that He will move in their lives and that they will go into their own chrysalis and come out as beautiful butterflies.
But, even this metaphor is still inadequate to describe the process. One could conclude that salvation is a one-time event, but it’s more than that; it’s about our relationship with Jesus. This relationship is for life and lasts a lifetime–in this age and the age to come.
Thank You, Jesus, for transforming us into new creations. We now want to be with You and be like You. Help us to grow, to stretch out our new wings (metaphorically) and fly! Amen.