Posts tagged ‘caterpillar’

August 21, 2012

Emerging

Sometime in the middle of last month we had an unexpected visitor at breakfast.  As we sat together, one of us noticed a caterpillar crawling up the outside of the window, we watched as it got to about half way and then it stopped.  We soon got bored and carried on with breakfast and forgot about the caterpillar.  later on in the day however we noticed that it was still there but it had sort of deflated a bit and dulled in colour.  Tiny silken fibres had begun to surround the caterpillar, anchoring it to the window.  Slowly over the next few days a chrysalis formed around it.

We went away on holiday and came back and ‘he’ was still there, unchanged, though perhaps a little darker in colour.  Then a couple of days later, (once again at breakfast), we noticed some movement.  The butterfly was emerging, head and legs and the first part of the wings, still all tucked in and neatly folded.  We watched for a while but he didn’t seem to progress any further.  Perhaps he was waiting for the sun to shine, but the sun didn’t shine much and it was an unseasonably cold and wet day.

Sadly, he didn’t make it.  All those weeks of waiting for the moment to arrive and when it did it all went wrong.  So near and yet so far…

(See photo on Flickr here.)

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September 20, 2011

Hungry?

Hungry Caterpillars munching away on the remains of our broccoli plants!

One of my favourite books as a child was Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.  It begins with the words:

In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.

Then continues a wonderful story, complete with caterpillar holes in the pages, eventually ending up with the hungry chap becoming a “beautiful butterfly.”

It has been a joy to read this story again to our boys and is perhaps one of the reasons why they get so excited about seeing caterpillars in the garden and especially when they find Pupa delicately hanging from underneath windowsills and other hidden places!

People have often found the transformative process of a caterpillar becoming a ‘beautiful butterfly, as something reflective of the process of coming to faith in Christ; we leave our old way of life behind and begin a new life with Christ (rather than ourselves) at the centre.  Of course the physical reality is usually not so clean, for the Christian continually battles with their old way of life and with selfishness, greed and all the rest of the baggage that we all carry.   The process of change is piecemeal; little by little He works in us and so even if to ourselves (and to those who know us well) there might seem like a very long way to go, the end result is that we shall (eventually) become  the way that we were always meant to be.  We cannot of course take any credit for this change at all, it is all because of His love and His grace…

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

(2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)