Outward Appearances Can Be Deceiving, So Don’t Go Judging Too Quickly
Some caterpillars aren’t much to look at, while some are a thing of beauty. They have the personality of a sea slug, they eat leaves as food and they crawl around like colored worms. What is the number of people that have invited you over to look at their caterpillar collection? Few to none, I’ll bet.
Once a caterpillar matures, it spins a silken chrysalis around its body, and they goes into something that resembles hibernation. They’re not much to look at either in the chrysalis stage either. A chrysalis may represent outstanding engineering, but as a thing of beauty it’s an abject failure. While God works the wonders of metamorphosis, a caterpillar’s chrysalis condo is just a crash pad.
When the butterfly finally emerges from the chrysalis, a miracle has happened. A creature that that was formerly ugly, is now a thing of beauty. Colors splash across its wings, and the former slug like plant eater now enjoys the freedom of flight. The rest of its days are spent flying from flower to flower, sucking up the nectar of life.
Everybody likes butterflies. These delicate flying palates of color remind us how much God loves beautiful things. God didn’t have to make them beautiful. If He wanted, He could have made them look like flying slugs.
Perhaps God made butterflies to teach us lessons about life and make us less judgmental and more tolerant. We can’t become butterflies without first being caterpillars. We’ve got to do a lot of growing and eat a lot of leaves before blossoming into our final state. Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a caterpillar by its color. The caterpillar might not be
visually appealing to you at the moment, but when God gets done with it, it will become a creature of magnificence.
You know what’s a big mistake? Judging people bitterly in their caterpillar stage. Every person is a work in progress, and what you see is not the finished product. Let God finish his miracle.
Don’t be quick to judge yourself in a harsh manner either; you also are a work in progress. Your caterpillar stage might not seem like fun, but God knows what He is doing. Before you can become a butterfly, you have to be a caterpillar; there is no other way. God is working behind the scenes, taking care of the details, and things are going to work out.
God has a dream for your life that is better than you can imagine. When you get into agreement with His plan, there’s no limit to how good your life can become.