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 caterpillars.
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 splendor.
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 beauty.
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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