Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

June 18, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Our yard is adorned with butterflies.  We love watching them.  We had hoped they would find their way to our yard.  We even planted a butterfly bush!  But we discovered something more special in attracting them.

We have a lot of parsley growing in the yard.  Judy noticed sometime back that something was eating the plants.  Upon close inspection she found many caterpillars.  Having plenty of parsley plants, the caterpillars were allowed to remain.  She discovered that caterpillars love parsley, especially the ones that become a Black Swallowtail butterfly.  So they were allowed to buffet all they chose!

Within a few days, they were gone!  In various places around the yard, they found places to attach themselves to go through their metamorphosis.  I am not an expert on butterflies.  I only know what little I learned as a boy who delighted in trying to catch butterflies with a homemade net.  So my descriptions may not be scientifically correct, but I use my childhood descriptions.

These caterpillars spin, as we said as a child, their cocoon.  The term more often used now, I understand, is chrysalis.  After the ordained period of time, the cocoon opens and the beautiful butterfly emerges.  That has been the cycle in our yard recently, and we are blessed with many butterflies.  It is not only the Black Swallowtail, but the Monarch, and others!

I cannot resist sharing a couple of lessons that God might have us to gain from considering the butterflies.  The first would be rather obvious, I think.  That caterpillar spins a cocoon and emerges a butterfly.  That is truly a picture of a life-changing experience!  The Bible teaches, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17)  Conversion is the change.  When one comes in faith to Christ as Savior, that one becomes a new person.  As the butterfly has become a new creature, it can never return to being a caterpillar.  Every person who knows salvation in Christ has experienced a life change. Never can that one be what he was before.

A second lesson that is not as obvious is this:  The butterfly is able to fly because of a struggle.  In a lab where caterpillars were studied, it was observed how when the metamorphosis is completed, the butterfly begins to shake the cocoon, push against the side, and exerting pressure to break out of the cocoon.  A scalpel was used to aid the butterfly.  A small slit was made in the side of the cocoon to make it easier for the butterfly to emerge.  And the butterfly did!  It sat on the surroundings, but never lifted its wings to fly.  It was discovered that the butterfly must struggle to emerge to build up strength to fly.  The lesson:  We need to recognize that many of our struggles and burdens in life give us strength to accomplish our life-given tasks.  We may not want the struggle or burden, but they can serve us well.   ”  . . . we rejoice in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character hope.”  (Romans 5:3)

May we appreciate and enjoy the beauty of butterflies.  And may we hear a word from God through them!



1 Comment »

  1. What an encouraging post! Thank you for sharing.


    Comment by Jody — June 18, 2010 @ 5:20 am | Reply

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