“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Friday, July 15, 2022

New Life

by Macy Johnson

“There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies;

but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind,

and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.”

(1 Corinthians 15:40 NIV)


A fuzzy caterpillar crossed my path one morning. Later in my walk, a butterfly landed on my shoulder. God doubly reminded me of the passage I had read that morning during my devotions. Paul told the new church about the resurrection of the dead in the book of 1 Corinthians. New life springs from death, like a tree grows from a single seed.


I was fascinated to discover the journey of caterpillars to butterflies at Metamorphosis is miraculous. It follows the basic biological urge of the need to eat and grow in safety, then – and only then – to disperse. Eighty percent of all insects are holometabolous. They begin as worm-like larvae and change into large-winged adults. In a caterpillar’s late developmental stage its juvenile hormones decline and trigger the larva to attach itself to a branch and form a chrysalis. Dormant adult cells start to grow, creating an insect with wings.


Waking from sleep is often compared to waking to a new life. Every day is a fresh chance to obey and do the right thing, the next best thing. The past is left behind and a new life full of opportunities and promise is ahead. Sleep is vital to the proper development of a human body.


Metamorphosis is often compared to life after death. Just like it is a necessary stage in the life of a caterpillar, it is another step in a human’s life. It can also be compared to the transformation by the Holy Spirit when a person becomes a child of God. 


I will embrace all the changes the Holy Spirit will take me through. I hope you will, too! 

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