We are have been hatching butterflies for one of Addy’s Kindergarten lessons. We did it once a few years ago with her, but for whatever reason, I have been enamored by it this time. Andy would probably confess to you that he has seen me sit collectively for hours staring into their little habitat, magnifying glass and flashlight in hand, asking him one hundred questions he can’t answer about their metamorphisis. The idea that a hairy, repulsive caterpillar could transform so effortlessly into one of the world’s most beautiful creatures…..only a magnificent God could imagine such wonders. I imagine God ALWAYS had it in His mind that this could be a physical example of how He transforms and makes all things new. Our poor hearts are the perfect picture of these hungry, repulsive caterpillars. Selfish and consuming. And yet, when we allow ourselves to cocoon inside the loving arms of Jesus, He can transform us into something marvelously new. No longer a caterpillar.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Sadhu Sundar Singh, an early 20th century Indian missionary, wrote, “A silkworm was struggling out of a cocoon and an ignorant man saw it battling as if in pain, so he went and helped it get free, but very soon after it fluttered and died. The other silkworms that struggled out without help suffered, but they came out into full life and beauty, with wings made strong for flight by their battle for fresh existence.
Lord, mold us into the kind of people you want us to be. Be patient with us when we fall short of what love demands of us. And give us patience with ourselves. Catch us in the loving arms of your grace…..where you make us new. Amen.
Devotion excerpts taken from The Book of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals