I just cannot get over this caterpillar/butterfly thing. Did you know that once a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, they have different DNA? I am just so amazed by that whole metamorphisis that I have begun studying about it, and the more I learn, the more in awe of God I am. Every time a child is born, we see His handiwork – every time a storm arises, we see His power – every time a healing occurs, we see His mercy. Last week for the teens, I taught about this and used the video below – please take time to watch it. And as you watch it, think about what your life was like before you became a Christian – or think about what your life is like now if you are not a Christian.
See, when the caterpillar begins the process of getting in the cocoon, basically what happens is that they eat themselves and turn inside out. They then digest themselves and their insides become what the scientists call “caterpillar soup.” So inside that cocoon, this used-to-be caterpillar becomes a mush. Inside that mush are butterfly parts that had been in the caterpillar but did not digest and become soup. Out of the mush, the butterfly parts begin to get into place and then God does this incredible work of creating a butterfly. And you have to wonder – why? Why not leave the caterpillar as a caterpillar? Why not just create a butterfly on its own without it having to be a caterpillar soup before it can be what it is?
Have you ever been to a wedding where they’ve ordered these frozen butterflies to have fly away once the bride and groom say “I do” or do their kiss? I’ve been to one once, and we were so nervous about taking care of our butterfly, we almost missed the experience. As you checked into the wedding, you were given a frozen butterfly right out of a cooler. You held that in your hands, kind of cupped, and they thawed out. And when you opened your hands, voila, the butterfly was alive again and could instantly fly. It was miraculous! And then now that I learn that this miracle creature was literally created out of soup, with almost no parts to start with, it’s like God just leans down and breathes into that cocoon and says, “Arise, my child, arise!” Makes me think of that old hymn that sings that “Arise, Arise my child” with a great crescendo.
As I studied and watched videos and read about this process, God began to whisper into my soul that this is what we are like – we are nothing but a caterpillar, no purpose really, just kind of a slug crawling along – that is, until he turns us inside out, breathes life into us and gives us the ability to be an incredibly beautiful creature, one created to inspire, created to touch lives and bring beauty into this world. It also made me think of the people who believe they are saved, but they really haven’t experienced a metamorphisis, a turning inside out, a change in their spiritual DNA. Many people believe because they go to church, they will see God and experience heaven. But the truth is, the Bible tells us that we have to have an actual moment-in-time experience where we turn our life over to Christ, accept him into our heart and believe in him, ask him to forgive us of our sins and clean us up. All of us know people who once they became saved, they literally turned into another person – the old creature was gone and a new one had appeared, just like the scriptures tell us! There is no greater witness of God’s power than that life you see that has been radically changed!
I beg you today – watch this video, and ask yourself – has God turned me inside out like this? Or have I just slipped into believing that I’m already a Christian because I’m a good person? If you haven’t made a commitment to the Lord, please do so – your life will be forever changed, and you will feel like you’ve been frozen all along, just waiting for the ultimate Creator to breathe life into you so you can fly!
My name is Teresa Evans. I am a wife to Tom, a retired Circuit Judge, and I am a court reporter by trade, a mother by God's grace and a lover of Jesus Christ. I've grown up in a family blessed with many miracles, and have received multiple miracles myself.