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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

Easter Help

SustreaksSmallI remember spending a couple of days with our son and his family in the Indianapolis area when they had a major snowfall. We played in the snow with our grandchildren. Casey, who was five, wanted a snow fort so that we could have a snowball fight and he’d have a protected place where he could wage battle. He had a couple of nifty plastic snow block makers. Grandma and I helped him build the fort, but as it turned out he did very little of the work; Grandma and I did most of it. We were right there with him and were able to help him, and actually do more than just help him!

This is one of the marvelous ramifications of Jesus’ being resurrected, being alive and with us today! He’s right here with us to help us!

Because Jesus lives He doesn’t say, “Let me tell you who I’ve called you to be and what I’ve called you to do.” He doesn’t say, “Let me show you who I’ve called you to be and what I’ve called you to do.” In essence He says, “Let me help you be who I’ve called you to be and to do what I’ve called you to do.”

What are you facing in life? What has you feeling inadequate, weak, overburdened, overwhelmed, unloving, bewildered, or defeated? Whatever our weakness is, it has us in a good place because we can best appreciate the resurrected Christ’s strength in the middle of our weakness! The apostle Paul had what he described as a thorn in the flesh. He asked the Lord to heal him of it.

This is what he heard Jesus say to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Yes, the resurrected Jesus gives us His help!

Easter Perspective

The late Richard Halverson, one-time chaplain of the US Senate, wrote, “The statistic is irrevocably true. . . the ratio never changes: One death for every person born. We prepare for everything else – education, career, home, vacations, retirement. Why not the one absolutely certain event?”

When we accept the outreached hand of Jesus, with His invitation to follow Him, and we grasp that hand, He never lets go, not even at death. We have to let go of our loved ones at death, but Jesus doesn’t! He said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:3)

It will be an existence that’s amazing and astonishingly different from what we’re experiencing in this fallen world. Joni Eareckson Tada became a quadriplegic in a diving accident as a teenager. She’s been paralyzed from her neck down since then, and she’s now in her sixties. She attended a church service where everyone was invited to go to their knees in worship — which, being confined to a wheelchair, she couldn’t do. She wrote, “Sitting there, I was reminded that in heaven I will be free to jump up, dance, kick, and do aerobics. . . .” But she wrote that “the first thing I plan to do on resurrected legs is to drop on grateful, glorified knees. I will quietly kneel at the feet of Jesus.” (quoted in King’s Cross, Timothy Keller, p.223)

A hundred million years from now we can be very much alive in the presence of Jesus Christ. We can live in His new heaven and new earth, if we reach out to Him in faith and commitment in our short lifespan here on this old earth. Jesus died, but then He arose again. When we reach out and take His hand in a relationship with Him He never lets go, not even at death! Because He lives, we can live!

“Because I live, you also will live.” (Jesus in John 14:19)