God Is Not Finished With You!

When my brother was in fifth grade, he had to do a science project as all fifth graders do and naturally, my mother tasked me with helping him. The topic he chose was butterflies and specifically, he decided to focus on monarchs. It was stressful in a lot of ways for the both of us because it has to be just the right circumstances for things to go right in these cases. You've got to provide the caterpillars all the leaves that they could possibly need and you also have to monitor the temperature very closely.

This project ended up being very fun to watch in that we got to very slowly walk through the stages of caterpillar metamorphosis. What I didn't know back then was that when a caterpillar is getting ready to go into that metamorphosis state, it is like it never stops eating. Then one day, it climbs up a branch and hangs from the branch, and spins a cocoon around itself. Then it digests itself! If you were to cut open a cocoon too early, essentially what would happen is a sludgy ooze would just drip out. But if you let it go its course and stay in the darkness long enough, a beautiful monarch butterfly breaks out and flies away. A beautiful new creation!

Here's the point: What seems like the end of the world to the caterpillar is really just preparation for a beautiful new beginning. You may feel like you are stuck, stranded, and hopeless, but I would like to propose that you are not. Things, even good things, have to come to an end for beautiful new beginnings. Please be patient, God's not finished with you yet!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17

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