August 5, 2015
Glorious Heavenly Father!
I feel like a brand new mother who just gave birth…our little caterpillars metamorphosed into butterflies!!! It was only two weeks ago, I saw those eight caterpillars completely covering my parsley plants and devouring them before my eyes. If I hadn’t been teaching a lesson on bugs, butterflies and creepy crawlers, I would have destroyed those pests for eating my plants. But You showed me that there was a lesson in those little yellow and black striped low-life! I just didn’t realize that I probably would get more out of the lesson than my preschoolers!
Monday before breakfast I was with the kids out on the playground, we were surprised to see the sunflowers seeds we had planted probably 6 weeks ago were finally in full glorious bloom! Those tiny seeds that were each planted with love grew into giants well above each child’s head! Now we’ve been watching butterflies and bees hang out on the bright cheerful flowers! To top of that sight, we walked into class and discovered two big beautiful black butterflies with yellow markings fluttering around in our jar! I’m not sure who was more excited- me or the children! After sharing them with everyone, we went outside and set them free…joyfully waving goodbye! We’re always on the lookout for them flying around! We studied how many times those tiny caterpillars eat so much that their skin cracks open and they shed their old skin before they ever form the chrysalis. That shell covers the mysterious miracle that takes that same life and transforms it into a whole new lovely creature that can fly… and spread life from one flower to the next!
Father, You have given us such a beautiful object lesson in how we leave behind our old life and are transformed or born again into a miraculous spirit-filled life that soars with You! It requires us to feed on You and Your word until our old thoughts, ideas and way of life cannot be contained with all we have in You! We must keep shedding those old ways and leave them behind as they are no longer needed. As we grow and mature in You, we become new all over again and again until these bodies one day will no longer contain what You have placed inside of us! Jesus is making all things new…including me! Lord, I want to fly with Jesus!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body. Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should sand firm in the Lord, dear friends!” Philippians3:20-4:1
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ ” Revelation 21:3-5