They don't seem to have a very exciting life, do they?
He almost seems to 'drag his feet' along the branches...along the grass...along the trees...and basically wherever he goes to forage for food. Nothing too remarkable about his appearance either...some caterpillars even look downright funny-looking if you ask me!
Some of them can even be easily overlooked!
What's interesting about them is this: the caterpillar spends the majority of his time building up his strength for what's to come...eating & eating & more eating. He seems to live a mere existence of the same routine every single day.
Wake up, eat, eat some more, forage around, eat, rest, repeat.
It's no wonder caterpillars are rarely plastered on art work, hung up on walls, featured in movie scenes or made into a conservatory, unlike their popular adult 'relatives' the butterfly. (I mean would YOU pay $20 to go into a caterpillar sanctuary??)
I wonder how many of us feel like the lowly caterpillar sometimes. Like we're not really doing much of anything, yet doing too much of everything. Like every single day is on repeat, and it seems like not much is changing.
We're trying real hard. We want to move forward in life. We want to progress. Yet in our earnestness we are not being recognized, appreciated or sometimes even noticed by the larger society. Some of us may even feel like we're plain 'ugly' to behold, and that may even cause further withdrawal.
Yet there is something that is awakening on the inside of us...maybe we're beginning to realize that perhaps, just maybe, we were meant for more than this...
...that there is intrinsic value & worth in every one of us.
...that we each have a distinct beauty that displays our Creator's splendour.
...that there is something interesting & unique to behold in every one of us.
What is it exactly that brings this beautiful & majestic butterfly out of the 'lowly' & plain caterpillar?
It is something called 'metamorphosis'.
1.(in an insect or amphibian) The process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.
2.A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.
(courtesy of google)
The caterpillar MUST go through a metamorphosis to achieve his transformation. We can too.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"
To be "in Christ" & to belong to Him means to give our hearts, our lives & our whole being to Him. To trust in Christ's finished work on the cross. To ask God to give us a new chance by asking for His forgiveness for any wrong things we have ever done. To receive the love that He has waiting for us. To understand that He has a good plan for us.
It's really that simple.
For me: my journey started many years ago in a youth conference (a neighbour had invited me & paid my way) where I prayed a simple prayer; where I simply asked Jesus to come into my heart.
My life changed. It has never been the same.
What areas of your life are you struggling & striving in trying to be different? Are you willing to ask God to come alongside you & give you a chance to help?
Do you believe the lie that what you do has no significance or importance to anyone? Are you feeling a lot like the lowly caterpillar, just doing the same 'ole thing everyday?
It's a new year now. It can be a new day for every one of us.
Transformation. From the inside out.