A few weeks ago I was asked to give a devotion for a Mother’s Day Luncheon for a group of women from my church. The theme of the luncheon was butterflies. As I began to do research on the butterfly, I was reminded of the amazing transformation that occurs in us as we become a new creation in Christ!
Among God’s most beautiful creatures, is the butterfly. How God can transform a caterpillar into to a chrysalis and then into a beautiful butterfly is simply miraculous.
Here are a few amazing facts about the butterfly which is a reminder of how intricately God made each of his creatures!
We all know that Caterpillars are transformed into beautiful butterflies.
But did you know that after the caterpillar builds a chrysalis around itself, it releases a chemical that turns its insides to mush. This mush is transformed into a brain, internal parts, a head, legs, and the wings of a butterfly.
The transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly is without a doubt, an amazing wonder. But is just as amazing that we too are being transformed into something new as we daily walk with God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
It is only by the grace of God, that he can take sinners and transform them into something beautiful.
Butterflies have predators!
As lovely as the butterfly is, there are other little creatures out there that prey on it. Wasps, birds, snakes, and frogs to name just a few.
When we have a new life in Christ, we have a predator too. Just like the butterfly needs to be aware of his surroundings and how its predators can attack him, Christians need to also be aware.
1 Peter 5:8 reminds us to
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Butterflies Can See Ultraviolet Light!
Did you know that the butterfly has the ability to see things we humans cannot see? They have the ability to see ultraviolet light which helps to guide them so they can find nectar to drink.
As Christians we have a special eyesight as well. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can see things others don’t. We have the ability to see with the eyes of faith.
Matthew 17:20 tells us
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Butterflies Need The Sun.
Butterflies can’t fly if their temperature is less than 86° They cannot produce heat on their own and butterflies must rely on the sun to heat up their wings in order for them to move about. They have strong muscles but they can’t fly without the sun to warm their bodies first.
That is how we are as Christians. We cannot do things on our own. We need the “Son” (Jesus) to warm us as well. We don’t move along very well in our own strength. We have to rely on the Lord’s strength and guidance before we can accomplish anything.
Philippians 4:13 reminds us
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
As believers, we need to be constantly spending time with the God and listening to his voice before we move forward and take flight.
How do we hear the voice of God?
Romans 10:17 tells us
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We hear his voice by hearing the Word of God preached. We hear his voice through mediation of His Word. We hear His voice through prayer. The more time we spend intimately with God and His Word, the easier it is to recognize His voice and His leading in our lives.
And just like the butterfly, he will transform us into something beautiful…a reflection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!