Monday, April 28, 2008
Butterflies and New Creations
Yesterday my six year old and I went on a school field trip. We went to a natural history museum and they featured a special butterfly exhibit. That was the best part of all and it was beautiful. Of course I brought my camera and took so many pictures, they had to go into the slide show above.
I love to watch butterflies and see how different and unique each one is. Of course it is fascinating to remember how they came to be a new creation. Whenever I see a butterfly it reminds me of this verse in the Bible:
II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
This verse came alive in my life - as a teenager, my ways were not very good. I was hanging around with the wrong kind of friends, doing the wrong kind of things and headed in a bad direction. In the midst of this I met my future husband. As we began spending time together, my ways got better. But, it wasn't until we started attending church together that I realized I needed to become a new creation in Christ. I repented of my sins and accepted the free gift of salvation. Jesus made me a new creation right then. Old things, old habits, old attitudes fell away and a new heart and new spirit of love, peace and joy came into my life.
This is not to say that from then on, bliss and happiness were all there was. Trials, temptations, heartache and pain are a part of life. Christians are blessed to face each of these with a renewed strength, grace and comfort from the Lord. And the best part is that God is never finished with us. He is refining, cleansing and purifying each of His children with His love and grace.
Hope that you enjoy the butterflies and the reminder of God's new life today.