Then God said, "Let the waters teem with fish and other life, and let the skies be filled with birds of every kind." So God created great sea animals, and every sort of fish and every kind of bird. And God looked at them with pleasure, and blessed them all. "Multiply and stock the oceans," he told them, and to the birds he said, "Let your numbers increase. Fill the earth!" That ended the fifth day. Genesis 1:20-23 (TLB)
Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good, Clothe yourself with this new nature.
Ephesians 4:24 (TLB)
L. Torpy Skinner lives in Tennessee. When their daughter was four years old, they received a chrysalis in a clear jar. Her mom explained that it was God's plan for a caterpillar to change into a beautiful butterfly. They kept a close watch on it because they could see the wings inside.
Then one afternoon they saw that the butterfly was halfway out! Hurriedly, they took the jar outside. The butterfly worked its way out and stood on the rim of the jar, wobbling back and forth, hesitating. As it attempted to fly, it kept going up and down, almost hitting the ground. Her daughter's hand slid into hers. "Do something, Mommy!" Suddenly, the butterfly soared up and away.
It struck L. Torpy how we humans are often like that when we go through a major change - like moving to a new home, school, or job. We can feel wobbly and unsure in our efforts to adjust. But if we keep working at it, we eventually settle into our new way of life.
God is an awesome Creator who speaks to us through creation. L. Torpy can look back on her life and recognize times when she was like that butterfly. But with God's help, she made it through difficult seasons of change time and time again.
Prayer: Mighty God, thank you for your presence with us as we encounter life's ups and downs, in Jesus' name. Amen.