LESSONS FROM THE BUTTERFLY
Outward appearances are deceiving, so don't be too quick to
Take caterpillars, for instance. Some caterpillars are a
thing of beauty, but most of them aren't much to look at.
They crawl around like colored worms, they eat leaves for
breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and they have the personality of
a sea slug. How many people have invited you over to look at
their caterpillar collection? Few to none, I'll bet. When
God passed out good looks, he apparently skipped the
After caterpillars mature, they spin a silken chrysalis around
their plump body, and they go into what seems like
hibernation. In the chrysalis stage, they're not much to look
at either. A chrysalis may represent outstanding
engineering, but as a thing of beauty it's an abject failure.
Their chrysalis condo is simply their crash pad while God
works the wonders of metamorphosis.
When the butterfly finally emerges from the chrysalis, a
miracle has happened. The former ugly duckling is now a
thing of beauty. Colors splash across its wings, and the
former slug like plant eater now enjoys the freedom of
flight. It spends the rest of its days flying from flower to
flower sucking up the nectar of life.
Everybody likes butterflies. These delicate flying palates of
color remind us how much God loves beautiful things. God
didn't have to make them beautiful. He could have made them
look like flying slugs; just attach drab wings to a
caterpillar's body, and the job is done.
Perhaps God made butterflies to teach us lessons about life
and make us more tolerant and less judgmental. We are all a
work in progress and although were not butterflies yet, we
can't become butterflies without first being caterpillars.
We've got to eat a lot of leaves and do a lot of growing
before we blossom into our final state. Just as you can't
judge a book by its cover, you can't judge a caterpillar by
its color. The caterpillar might not look like much now, but
when God gets done with it, it will become a creature of
Judging people harshly in their caterpillar stage is a big
mistake. They are a work in progress, and what you see is not
the finished product. Right now, a person may not look like
much, but when God finishes working his miracle, a new person
painted by God's palette of love will emerge in awesome
Don't be quick to judge yourself in a harsh manner either; you
also are a work in progress. Your caterpillar stage might not
seem like fun, but God knows what He is doing. You have to be
a caterpillar before you can become a butterfly; there is no
other way. God is working behind the scenes, taking care of
the details, and things are going to work out.
God has a dream for your life that is better than you can
imagine. When you get into agreement with His plan, there's
no limit to how good your life can become.
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