FROM CRAWLING TO SOARING

P1140162FROM CRAWLING TO SOARING

I’m growing milkweed plants in the yard, and we enjoy watching the Monarch caterpillars hatch from eggs and munch on leaves. LastFrom camera_077 week healthy, chubby caterpillars covered the plants.

Then we got a cold snap. I feared the caterpillars would suffer harm, so I collected all of them. I put them in a jar for the night and gave them a supply of leaves. As the weather warmed the next day, I transferred them back to the stems of the plants. They continued to grow.

Two days ago, during another chilly morning, I went outside to fill the chickens’ water containers. But there cater_079was a caterpillar underneath the first loop of the water hose. Nope … that’s not a good place to establish even a temporary home.

I carefully removed him. He was cold, stiff, and not moving. I brought him in the house, put him in my “caterpillar jar” with some sticks, and sat the jar in an inch of warm water. He finally started wiggling and crawled up the side of the jar, got on a stick and crawled downward. Last night he attached himself to the stick and hung upside down. But he chose to hang close to the bottom of the jar! That’s not a wise place to hang out.A1

This morning I checked on him. He hung there, wiggling slightly. I thought, yep, he’s ready to shed his outer covering. I took the dog out and came back in. The caterpillar had thrown off his old, dark rags, and he hung there in a new green suit. I missed seeing the transformation! But I continued to watch him.

The chrysalis wiA3ggled, and I wished I could see inside, to see the amazing process take place. With each wiggle, the green casing changed shape. The top thickened and rounded, the length shortened. A gold dotted line brightened around the top like a crown. The chrysalis grew fatter, firmer, and smoother. It took about thirty minutes, and I snapped pictures.

Now, the chrysalis hangs from the branch, much too close to the bottom of the jar. I will tape the branch higher up in a day or so, so the butterfly will have room to lengthen and flex its wings when it hatches out of confinement.

How like human life. We’re like that caterpillar—often going the wrong direction, hiding in the wrong spot, sinking to the bottom of life, and trying to do things on our own.

God picks us up, warms us with his love, and offers forgiveness. He places us next to hiA6s heart and watches over us as we begin the transformation. It quite often takes a long time for us to change, to wiggle through circumstances, throw off the old life, toss away bad habits, and drop the stained and wrinkled garments of sin.

Then life takes on a new, bright appearance. But we are still growing, developing a heart for God, and changing with his guidance. We appear different. People have no problem seeing that we’ve left the old life behind. Some watch us with awe—remembering how we once crawled through life,A7 getting into tight spots.

We mature under God’s direction. And there is coming a day when the shell of this earthy life will split asunder and we will awaken in radiance and beauty. We’ll experience the newness of our appearance; past woes will be tossed aside. We shall lift off this earth to soar in the heavenly realms, higher than any butterfly has ever gone.

 

“In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you.” Colossians 3:10 NLT

Thank you for reading this post. I hope it touches your heart and makes you realize that God wants the best for us.

~KarenA8

 

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6 Responses to FROM CRAWLING TO SOARING

  • Beautifully written, my friend. I could visualize every step of the transformation.

    Thank God we will one day soar with Him and the cares of this life we will leave behind.

    Blessings!
    Daphne

    • Thank you for reading my post. I need to be more like you and write on my blog more often! 🙂 Enjoyed the writer’s group tonight. I think we have a great mix of writers. Thanks for being our “fearless” leader!

  • Karen you never cease to amaze me. I love the things you write. What a talent! How many caterpillars have the chickens eaten? Or is this why you “raise” them. 🙂

    • Cousin, no caterpillars were harmed during the posting of this blog. 🙂 We shall have a butterfly hatching in a few days. More joining him. Connor told me after school that he sees baby caterpillars crawling on the plants. A new batch has hatched. Thanks for reading and for you nice remarks!

  • Karen, your writing is a total blessing.
    I’m so grateful to be able to tune in and relish it.
    Your style is refreshingly Y.O.U.
    Thanks…

    • Hi Jenny! Thanks for reading and for your sweet comment. That silly caterpillar inspired the thoughts. 🙂 I must have had about 15 of them out there on the plants. Very shortly, we will have a big bunch of Monarchs in the yard. Hope everything is going good for you.

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