Friday, June 12, 2015

Undergoing Metamorphesis

After our discussion on salvation, we were blessed by my dad with a butterfly garden.  What better way to explain the concept of salvation than by witnessing the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly!  Once we got our mail order caterpillars, Lil Man and Big Boy were so excited! They looked in awe and wonder at the cute, fuzzy little creatures.  When I told them that the caterpillars would turn into beautiful butterflies, they were baffled as to how this would happen. We went back to the bible and discussed how our hearts change once we accept Christ. We transform from wicked sinners to forgiven saints.  Just as a caterpillar struggles to tear open a cocoon and emerge as a butterfly, we must also fight the cocoon of the flesh (crucifying it daily) and walk in spirit as a new creature in Jesus Christ. Metamorphosis.

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Lil Man and Big boy observed these caterpillars for several days and watched as they grew and began forming their chrysalis. The day that they emerged as beautiful butterflies was an amazing day. They watched them fly around for hours and pointed out their bright, vibrant colors. "How can a fuzzy black caterpillar becomes such a beautiful butterfly!?" my son asked.  Only by the perfect design and plan of God are these things possible.  Only by the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God can our black hearts become cleansed and white.  When we accept Jesus Christ, a change must take place deep in our hearts.  We must deny sin daily and walk in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Only then can we fly free as a beautiful butterfly without the weight of sin.

**The Life Cycle of the Butterfly activity above can be printed from Lakeshore Learning.**

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