Tuesday, August 23, 2011

An Everyday Miracle

As part of our kick-off to the homeschool year, we’ve been raising a few Monarch caterpillars.  It has been fun to watch them grow from teeny tiny caterpillars that delicately eat small circles from leaves to big, fat critters that chomp through half of a milkweed leaf without stopping for a breath.

Their growth rate alone has been a miraculous thing to witness.

We were all excited for the day our caterpillars would molt for the last time and form into a chrysalis, so we read up on the process and waited for our caterpillar friends to start climbing and making a silk button to hang from.

IMG_8140 Mister Big was the first to get to work on spinning silk and crafting a button.

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Once the button was just right, one by one his front legs let go until he hung by his tail. For 20 hours, he assumed the same position, sometimes nodding his head and sometimes undulating like a worn out accordion.

Then we saw the signs that the pupation was going to happen soon.  Once animated antennae went limp and dangled lifelessly.

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When we noticed this, we went from casually checking on him to taking front row seats with baited breath.

Suddenly, he went from a “J” to an “I” shape and his skin started moving like there were waves rolling underneath.

Like a flash, the skin behind his head split open and we could see a day-glow green shape coming out.

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IMG_8150 The skin at the tail started bunching up like a sized-too-big sock.

In the matter of just a couple of minutes, the pupa wiggled free of the old caterpillar skin.

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It was hard to take in the miracle that had happened right before our eyes.  How could this  thing in front of us be inside of a caterpillar just moments before? And then, in the blink of an eye, a clear covering enveloped the pupa.  From a brightly striped caterpillar to a beautiful jade-colored jewel with gold button trim in just minutes.

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IMG_8161 Simply amazing!

I cannot help but watch the start of this incredible transformation and think of my own transformation process. It sure has been quite a process and not one that is simply finished with the shedding of old skin.  I am continually working through things from my “old life” and refining who I am now ~ A new creation in Christ.

Thank you, Lord, for letting us witness this everyday miracle, but even bigger thanks for the miracle you’re performing in our lives.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature;

the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

2 Cor. 5:17

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