I was sent a picture of a saying on a t-shirt that went like this…
“I want to be a caterpillar. Eat a lot. Sleep for a while. Wake up beautiful.”
Did that make you smile like it did me? Well what made me smile even more is that in Jesus we already ARE like the caterpillar!!
We CAN, “eat a lot”!
Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; Ezekiel sure did! Ez. 3:3 states, Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. And what did he get to do next once he ingested the Word of God (which is available to us today)!!? 3:4 tells us!! He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. Good to know that when we have eaten a lot of His Word we then have something worth sharing! Something that will not return empty (Is. 55:11)!!
We CAN, “sleep a lot”!
We CAN because He doesn’t! Psalm 121:3 He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.
We CAN, “wake up beautiful”!
Ecc. 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
A caterpillar is not worried, it enjoys the journey. I know because if operated in fear no cocoons would ever be attempted. They have to trust and rely only on God Himself to equip and lead them in that endeavor. And they can’t give up in the waiting period, they must sleep and get rest… or the something beautiful won’t emerge! Can you imagine a world without butterflies?!?!?!? OR can you imagine a world where butterflies just walked around and never risked using the wings God gave them?!?!?! How silly, how sad!
Their beauty (EVERY SINGLE ONE) carries a message of hope. YOU too dear one in Jesus have a message of hope to bring for Him into the world. Don’t be afraid, don’t give up, let Him, trust Him, to lead you. (Psalm 16:7-8)
Do you see in that picture above the cross shape that is created as the caterpillar braves crossing the gap in the sidewalk?! I do, and it reminded me that right there in the word caTerpillar is also a cross shape in the letter “T”!! Because of the cross we can trust Him to faithfully finish what He has started (Philippians 1:6) even when it’s hard. We can chance the gap safely because He’s already crossed it for us through His death and resurrection!
So… feast on His Word daily, abide in His mighty hand and trust that the King of kings, the ultimate prince charming, the victorious One, WILL wake you up beautiful in His eternal unshakable kingdom – do not give up – within you is His message of hope!
Chance the gap – you can – because He did.
Independent Read: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4