Monday, February 28, 2011

behind the scenes: butterflies & origami = new creation!

as our family anxiously awaits the arrival of SPRING, we decided this past weekend to fieldtrip into the peggy notebaert nature museum of chicago to get a glimpse of the color and wonder that is soon to come to the chicagoland.

one of our favorite spots in the museum is the butterfly house of course! to see them fluttering all around us is magical. then, once you step out the exit, you get to see the full display of cocoons & chrysalis, labeled as to what they will become someday.

the entire process of caterpillar to butterfly is completely amazing to me.

now, what does origami have to do with butterflies you may ask?

well, a few months ago i wrote a post about how our house was literally FILLED with bugs.

now, it is FILLED with origami. my son is obsessed.

both origami & butterflies make me think of change. new life. creation. possibility.

it is a sight to behold my 7 year old take a normal, flat piece of paper & create a new, marvelous work of art out of it! just as it is a wondrous thing to grow butterflies & watch them eat as caterpillars (so MUCH food!), spin their chrysalis, the shell starts to thin, then, as we all love how eric carle tells the story, "a beautiful butterfly!"

Jesus Christ has done this transformation with His followers.
He offers us new life in Him.
the old, all of it has left. gone. been forgiven.
the new is here for us to experience fully in Him!
and, this promise of the Word is for anyone.
no matter what you have done, or where you come from, it is His Word of truth that offers this new life by His grace alone.

i think of Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—
and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
not by works, so that no one can boast.

may these words encourage your hearts as you live as a new creation in Christ Jesus who offers us all new life, new beginnings, new hope.

grace & peace,

1 comment:

Lisa Patterson said...

I LOVE This post, Juls!!! Thank you for sharing! I can't wait for Spring too!