I'll Fly Away!
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
There is a huge difference between a worm and a caterpillar. A worm will always be a worm. The caterpillar is willing to work hard, lay low, and patiently wait until God Almighty transforms them. The willingness to change creates wings. The worm is perfectly content wallowing in a world of dirt.
Like the worm and the caterpillar, we do not have a say in how we are created. Our gender, our race, our country of origin, and so on are not ours to decide. We do, however, get a choice in what we do with our lives. The worm could arise from the dirt, sacrifice itself to the fisherman, and be used to catch fish. The lowly worm is what is needed to catch a fish that feeds a family. Or the worm can continue to wallow in the dirt, escaping the hands of the one in need of bait.
The caterpillar could be lazy and refuse to use his God-given talent and abilities to weave a safe and warm cocoon. A cocoon that eventually gives way to beauty and a whole new way of looking at life. Once emerging from the crowded and musty cocoon, the caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The new creature is given a view from the top of the world! His transformed life provides flight as opposed to existing on the ground only seeing his immediate surroundings.
We may not get a say in how we are created or where we are born. We do have a say in what we choose to do with the opportunities presented to us. So, what’s it going to be? Wallow in the dirt for self-fulfillment or sacrifice for the good of others? Refuse to work hard building a strong cocoon or develop into something of beauty with great potential?
The choice is ours.