Being home all day, every day, during these coronatimes, is getting rather boring.
Luckily my husband has a very interesting summer hobby – to raise a large and intimidating new army – consisting of (newly hatched? born?) monarch butterflies.
Did you know those teeny tiny white dots, gently laid on a milkweed plant, will grow into bright striped caterpillars, who make beautiful glasslike chrysalis, which blossom into the beautiful orange butterflies we know and love? Is there a greater transformation in the (animal) kingdom of God?
Did you know that monarch butterflies across North America all make their way to one mysterious butterfly forest in Mexico to spend the winter months? They are the only butterfly to do so… and we still don’t know how they find their way there! Picture it – tens of thousands clustered on a single tree!
Over the past few weeks, we’ve released about 40 butterflies and watched them fly off into the sunset. I just love thinking of them making their fluttery little journeys all the way to Mexico. Such a wonderful reminder of the importance of allowing space in your life for transformation and wonder, not to mention a real-life example to never judge a book (or caterpillar! person!) by its cover.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17: From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.