For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
I love how God reveals Himself and His plan for us through His creation. Last week and continuing into this week, we are experiencing this in our home. Last week, Alex’s school centered on butterflies, so naturally we had to raise some butterflies! It’s an old illustration of our new life in Christ, but until I stopped to really learn more about the metamorphosis process, I didn’t realize just how much Truth God has shown by it! Below are some photos of our butterflies along the process, but here are the points that I didn’t previously consider that so neatly reflect the picture of what happens to people at salvation.
1. When the caterpillar pupates (sheds its skin and forms the chrysallis), it actually becomes goo inside the chrysallis. I was pretty ignorant on this point and thought that the caterpillar just kind of went to sleep while it grew some wings and changed in several other ways. I knew that the butterfly was far different from the caterpillar, but I never considered that the creature would completely start anew! The butterfly isn’t remade. It goes through a rebirth.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
2. This fact I knew, but never considered much. The caterpillar eats leaves. The butterfly eats nectar. The caterpillar lives solely to survive and is even considered a pest, sometimes decimating entire bushes. The butterfly is considered helpful as it pollinates and helps the growth of more plants. The creature’s diet and purpose completely change. When I was in my old nature, I hungered after the things of the world and I lived for my glory. Now that God has made me new, I hunger for His Word, fellowship with Him, and fellowship with His people and I live for His glory.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.
3. According to my research, the caterpillars have genes that are inactive while they are caterpillars. Once they pupate, these genes turn on and form the wings, antennae and other new parts of the butterfly. Now I’m not saying that Christ followers have special genes written into their DNA, but the Bible does say that those chosen by God are predestined, so I thought this was a neat illustration of that!
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
When the caterpillar comes out of its egg, it lives to eat. Most of its time is spent filling itself with leaves. It’s body grows rapidly.
We were surprised to see the caterpillars nearly double in size some days!
This is a little out of focus because my five year old took it. All five caterpillars successfully pupated into chrysalides. Two are just below the camera lens. Currently, we still have five chrysalides. We expect the butterflies to break through later this week. These are painted lady butterflies.