I know what you are thinking. The whole butterfly metaphor for new lift is so cliche’ and rife with the possibility of heresy. I totally get that initial reaction. I probably would have had it too had FBC not received this live butterfly garden kit for her seventh birthday. The cool thing about this insectarium in a box is that it doesn’t come with freeze dried butterflies (I’m not sure how you’d make them travel-worthy). Instead, it comes with baby caterpillars. You get to watch them gain nutrition from the biological sludge in the bottom of their cup and grow into their full stature. Most recently, they’ve moved from larva to pupa, each one forming a chrysalis which is now ready for the terrifying-to-me move from the safety of their plastic cup to the new world of their butterfly garden. Watching the wonder in my two girls as they notice each change along the way has given new meaning to the word from the one sitting on the throne in John’s Revelation:
“See, I am making all things new.”
Even before the chrysalises had formed, every morning my daughters could see that something new was happening in that tiny plastic cup. As I think about the promise of God in John’s Revelation, I can’t help but realized that I have stopped being able to see the world with the same sort of wonder. I don’t wake up looking for the new things God is doing in the world, but if I believe the Scriptures, and take seriously the words Jesus taught me to pray, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” then every day, little by little, God must be doing something new in the world. Perhaps I should add to my prayers that God might “open my eyes to see his hand at work in the world about me.”
What about you, dear reader? Are you able to see the new things that God is doing in your world? Where is God calling you to meet him? What blessing has God prepared for you that maybe you just can’t recognize yet? Where is the spring of the water of life bursting forth in your little corner of the Kingdom? Last week, I prayed that our ears might be open to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. Today, my prayer is that our eyes might be open to see with joy and wonder the new thing God is doing in our midst.