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“Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40
You may not think caterpillars are beautiful. Many have stripes or spots that help protect them from birds and other predators by breaking up their body’s outline. This coloration also blends well with the plants upon which the caterpillar eats. They crawl slowly in a wave-like motion using three pairs of true legs, and as many as five pairs of “pro-legs” which function the same as the true legs. The true legs later develop into the legs of the adult butterfly, while the pro-legs are lost during metamorphosis. The caterpillar’s feet are capable of wrapping around and grasping the branches and stems of the plants they like to eat.
Obviously, God’s purpose was not to make the caterpillar attractive but to protect it from danger. But how beautiful is God’s purpose when we see his entire plan. He chose to use a miracle to transform an ugly earth bound caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly that can fly. What a great illustration of what happens to us when we die. Death is not the end, but a beautiful new beginning. We are much like the caterpillar with no beauty of our own until God transforms us by His grace giving us new life and beauty when we place our trust in Jesus who died for our sins so that we might have eternal life.
Fun stuff for Kids
Caterpillar Craft (for a younger child)
You will need
- 5 fuzzy balls,(one color or a rainbow of colors)
- one large fuzzy ball
- Strip of poster board, 1,2 inch by 5 inches
- a set of googly eyes
- glue stick or hot glue gun(for adult use)
Fold poster board strip like an accordion and glue on small fuzzy ball with large one for the head. Let glue set. Glue on googly eyes.
Cocoon For Your Caterpillar
Use an ordinary bathroom toilet paper holder and wrap it with green or brown peel and stick foam. Fold the end of it together to form the top of the cocoon and add a thin strip of cut foam to wrap your cocoon around a branch.
You will need a large white paper coffee filter, washable markers, a wood clothes pin, pipe cleaner, spray bottle, Elmer’s white glue, googly eyes.
- Spread newspaper or a plastic table cloth over work space.
- Color coffee filter with markers using several different colors.
- Fill spray bottle with water and lightly mist coffee filter so colors run together. Let dry.
- Put a little glue on inside of the clothespin and carefully insert coffee filter.
- Cut a pipe cleaner in half and wrap it around the neck curling it up behind the head to form antennas.
- Glue on googly eyes.
Sunshine was born on Easter Sunday and it was love at first sight. She was the sweetest puppy and never caused a bit of trouble. It was almost like she was a gift from God because she came into my life at a time when I was feeling very blue. Some dogs are wonderful therapy and Sunshine reflected her name and always brought me happiness.
As you appreciate the beauty of a garden of flowers, take deep life giving breaths of the flower perfumed air and gaze at the amazing beauty of a flower until it sinks deep within your spirit and soul and you reflect that beauty and the love God has poured into his wondrous creation. You may not see the beauty when you look in the mirror, but you will be reflecting it to others in a smile or kind deed that lights up your countenance with God’s love.
The Easter Lily
The beautiful white flowers of the Easter Lily symbolize purity, hope, love and life which is the spiritual significance of Easter. Lilies were found growing in the garden of Gethsemane after the Crucifixion. They were said to have sprung up when drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and distress. At Easter time churches bank their altars with masses of Easter lilies to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hope of everlasting life.
Eternal life is not just life everlasting up in heaven, it is youth giving, revitalizing, joy producing, purpose filled life here on earth.
The Garden of Gethsemane
Just before Jesus was arrested he and His disciples went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba. Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:32-38
What a wonderful Savior we have in Jesus!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16