Gabriel's Horn, Pastor Tom, September, 2021

posted Sep 2, 2021, 11:31 AM by Lois Kerchner

Having Hope When You feel Stepped On!

I hope you will enjoy this and be blessed by this as much as I was:

The other afternoon, I was walking on the back of a concrete porch. When all of a sudden, I felt a crunch. As I looked down at my feet, I noticed that I had accidentally stepped on a butterfly. I paused and thought a moment about how sad this butterfly’s life ended by such a tragic death.

I am so thankful for the butterfly. They are a beautiful reminder of two wonderful lessons from the Bible (resurrection, and being a new creation in Christ).

Every year we watch as the caterpillar flips themselves upside down and wraps themselves up in a chrysalis. They look dead for weeks. Then all of a sudden, we watch the change, marvel again at the miracle: how the tomb doesn’t always mean death; maybe it means resurrection. The chrysalis cracks open and there in the morning light burst forth the first butterfly. What a beautiful reminder that from death comes resurrection and beauty. The caterpillar that was once entombed now experiencing new life!

For us, the caterpillar also reminds of the ones who die to self and then gain new life in Christ.   2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!” When we live for Christ, we too like the caterpillar, bury the old ugly sin nature, and we emerge a beautiful creation in Christ. The butterfly is a beautiful reminder of who we are in Christ (new creations).

Maybe you’ve been that butterfly.  Eager to fly. Excited for freedom. Hoping for beauty. Then crushed, bruised, broken. Maybe you’ve started this year with anticipation, holding your breath for that first sign of good news. And you’ve already felt like a giant foot has squashed you to the ground. Maybe it seems like nothing ever changes even though you desperately long for it to change. Proverbs 13:12 says: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Hope isn’t a fickle whim, a fanciful impression that maybe good things will come your way. When you feel a little bruised and battered, like a butterfly crushed at that first taste of freedom, hope can feel a little shaky, a little elusive, a little hard to see in the deep of the dark.

Hope is a steadfast knowledge, an anchor of truth that without a doubt you know: God is good and He will take care of you. So, when we are weary and defeated, we can seek hope. God brings life out of death. Just like the butterfly, we can soar above.

Pastor Tom