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My life had never really revolved around bugs and creepy-crawly critters…then my precious baby boy grew into a curious 3-year-old boy. Watching him explore the world of dirt, mud and bugs has helped me to get over some of my squeamishness to God’s critters in the bug world.

Whenever Daniel discovers a critter of some type he gets really still, his eyes get really wide, he studies for a moment and then a huge grin envelopes his entire being…then the questions begin to fly.

Mommy! What’s that?

What does it eat?

Will it turn into a butterfly?

Where’s his house? 

crw_9228-bwcopy1These questions typically cause me to head into our garage and grab the empty Classico tomato sauce jar we have set aside for such occasions. The jar is already prepped with air-holes punched in the lid so that we can catch our most recent discovery and step inside to do a little research on the internet with our new buggy pal close by our side. We search for a few answers, Daniel usually gives him a name and then we release our specimen back to his home outside.

Today’s discovery involved a caterpillar that was hanging out in our garden that I have yet to be able to identify through my technological means. We had found one last week that I successfully identified as an Eastern Tent caterpillar…this one was different. He was grey and a little spastic in his behavior. We scooped him into our glass jar, put in a stick and some leaves for his comfort and I went to work researching. After an hour or so I gave up and we went out to the front porch to let him go– but he was no where to be found. I couldn’t figure out how he could have gotten out because the holes in the lid were much too small for him to escape. I shrugged and started thinking about how I was going to locate this creepy-crawly critter that was on the loose in my house. As I started to dump out the leaves and return our trusty bug container to it’s place in the garage where it would be ready for our next discovery– I saw that the leaves were stuck to the bottom of the jar. I lifted the jar up and saw, surrounded by the leaves, our caterpillar friend had made his silky cocoon in the bottom of our jar. Daniel was so excited. He started yelling,

Joggy’s gonna be a butterfly!!

Joggy was the name he gave the caterpillar.

While I am not sure if Joggy will be a butterfly or a moth- I do know that the change our little critter is going to make is huge and he will look and act completely different. All of this reminds me of the change that we make when we accept Christ and truly live for Him. As one of my favorite verses in the Bible tells us that our old self is gone-  just as our old caterpillar pal will no longer be what he was when we found him earlier today. We will never see Joggy in the form that we found him and he’ll be able to do so much more than he could when he was just a caterpillar crawling around on the ground — he’ll be able to FLY! It’s the same way with Christ…who wants to spend their life crawling around and eating their fill of green leaves when they could fly?! We will never be as we were before Christ and that is something that this sinner can and will praise God for!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  –2 Corinthians 5:17

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