Friday, October 31, 2008

From Larvae to Butterflies: Regeneration Part 1

This past spring, we ordered serveral butterfly larvae for our "butterfly garden" (think big net). We had just finished studying lepidopteras in science and found this to be the perfect homeschool project. The tiny caterpillars came in a little container with food just for them. They ate to their hearts' content and began to grow, grow, grow! We were amazed at how much they grew in just 2 weeks time.

Soon they began to crawl to the top of the container and attach themselves. We were so excited to see them began to form their chrysalis. We carefully moved the top of the container to the butterfly house and watched carefully for the big day! We were home and busy working on math when they began to emerge. What an amazing sight! Within the afternoon, all 9 emerged as beautiful painted lady butterflies. We enjoyed them for several weeks before it was warm enough to release them outdoors.

Isn't it amazing how God takes one creature and changes it into something completely new?

I mean, He didn't just add wings to the caterpillar or just throw in a pair of antennae for good measure. He totally changed the little creature from one form to another.

Another interesting thing to note, the butterfly is so different, NOBODY would mistake it for a caterpillar.
It doesn't look like a caterpillar, crawl like a caterpillar, eat like a caterpillar, or even molt like a caterpillar anymore.
Would our Lord do any less with us?
"But when the kindness and the love God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, THROUGH THE WASHING OF REGENERATION AND RENEWING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hopeof eternal life" (Titus 3:4-7).
God does not leave us in the same shape we were in before we received salvation. He changes us and makes us a new creation!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Thank you, Jesus! I am so thankful He is in the changing business! He doesn't plan to leave us in the same shape we were in before we met Christ. He is so much more powerful and amazing than that! Once we have been regenerated by Him, we are a new person! The Apostle John describes it as being "born again" (John 3). What an incredible concept! Just like the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis as a new creation (a 2nd birth so to speak), we emerge from an encounter with the Holy God as a new creation (born again).
More on this subject next time! ;-)
In the Heart of our Home,


Mama Hen said...

Amen Sista! And thank you for your encouraging words and prayer yesterday.

Mama Hen said...

Oh, I forgot. Tell your Hubby to CHANGE HIS CLOCK TONIGHT!!!!

You need to tell your readers THAT story!

Rachel said...

Hi Rebekah! Thanks for visiting my blog! I actually homeschooled my entire school career (until college anyway), so you will find snippets every now and then about homeschooling there (including our annual camping trip this past weekend). I am sure that we know a LOT of the same people. I will be following your blog as well!