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Of Caterpillars & Tadpoles

Actual tadpoles & caterpillar photographed on the table in our screened patio.

We’ve had both tadpoles and caterpillars living in our screened-in patio. No more. Now there are frogs in my small decorative pond by our patio and butterflies in the sky above our house. What an amazing transformation for us and our grandchildren to have watched, the process called metamorphosis, tadpoles turning into frogs and caterpillars into butterflies!

Imagine if you could find a person who was city born and raised, had never had a science class, and was clueless about anything in nature. Imagine showing them a tadpole and explaining how it turns into a frog or showing them a caterpillar and explaining how it turns into a butterfly. They’d look at you incredulously, say you were crazy, that you were making things up, that what you described was pure science fiction.

Of course we all know this is how frogs and butterflies come into the world, through the amazing process of metamorphosis, from tadpoles and caterpillars. We’re still amazed, but we know this is what happens.

A clear message from God that’s peppered throughout the New Testament of the Bible is that a similar process, though far more amazing, is the eternal life-cycle God has planned for His people. Physical death is clearly described as not the intended end of human life. The life-cycle God has designed for people is to eventually have a new body, in His heaven, forever, a body that’s not susceptible to pain, illness, or death.

Hard to understand, grasp, and believe? Yes, but the nearly unbelievable metamorphosis process of the lowly tadpole and caterpillar should bolster our belief that for God’s most cherished creatures He’s ever created, people, He has something in store that takes metamorphosis to a whole new level!

The one clear differentiation between the transformation process for tadpoles, caterpillars, and us is that tadpoles and caterpillars don’t have any say in the matter; metamorphosis is just what happens to them. We people, on the other hand, are in a different category altogether. We’ve been given a choice as to whether we want this transformation that will make us suitable for life with God in His heaven. This is because He wants it to be a love relationship, and love has to be a choice, not compelled. It’s our choice, while we’re in the tadpole/caterpillar stage of our lives.

I, for one, have decided to give myself over to Him, asking Him to help the metamorphosis begin to happen in the here and now on earth. It gives me great hope that when my time on earth is done He’ll complete the metamorphosis then and there in Heaven!

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21

Managing Change

malletThe man bragged that the antique mallet he owned was the very same mallet his great grandfather use. He said, “Yep, it’s the same mallet. Oh, the head’s been replaced a couple of times and the handle’s been replaced three or four times but other than that it’s the original mallet my great grandfather used.”

Everything changes, even mallets! The only thing that never changes is that everything is always changing!

Most of the time we don’t like most of the changes we face. We brace ourselves when someone says to us, “There’s been a change of plans.” It has been said that nobody likes change except a baby who needs his diaper changed — but I’ve observed that most babies don’t like having their diapers changed, either, even though things are a real mess.

We resist change but it happens anyway. How can we manage change in a positive way?

I find it instructive to remember what God told a bunch of people who experienced major change. They had been carried off into exile to Babylon around 600 BC. When you think about it, there’s not much more drastic a change than being forced to live in a new country where the climate, culture, and government are all different.

What God told them was to make the best of the situation. They were to go about their regular business of daily living.

Whatever change we face, we should ask, “Lord, what would you have me do? How would you have me act? How do you want me to respond?” In other words, every change is a fresh opportunity to be open to God’s leading and to be obedient to Him.

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:5-7a)

Our Ever Changing Lives

JulieAgingOn a wall in our home we have two frames, one for each of our two children, now adults. Each frame is filled with a dozen class pictures from kindergarten through graduation. Each picture shows growth and maturing from the one taken the year before. I’ve also looked at some pictures of myself taken just a few years ago and when compared to those taken more recently, well, I’m not going to comment!

The only thing that never seems to change is that things are always changing! All of our lives will look different a year from now, more different three years from now, and even more different five years from now. That’s why we often picture life as a journey — because we never stay in the same place. In a sense, we’re always moving on to new ground: the new territory of tomorrow.

As we move through life with its landscape always changing, the question becomes whether we’ll let the new territory conquer us or whether we’re going to conquer the new territory. We can’t stop change; but we can manage change.

What changes are happening in your life and mine? God, who Himself never changes, has a plan on how these changes can work out in a good way, for He is a good God.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:7)