Wednesday night, a miracle happened.
It was nearly a month ago that my daughter Bella and her Papa encased a caterpillar in a plastic jar with a perfect little leaf-and-stick habitat. He nestled into his chrysalis and we waited for a butterfly. We waited… and waited… and waited…
I started to get nervous around week three. I Googled “caterpillar to butterfly” and it said two weeks. Oh no. The hope, the anticipation, the blind faith that the new would come… What if it didn’t?
“My caterpillar is never going to turn into a butterfly, is he?” she finally asked us on Wednesday evening. I scrambled for the right words, but I didn’t have them. Bella was over it, ready to throw the jar away. (I was tempted to let her. I was sick of waiting for the inevitable.) But her Papa encouraged her to have faith and give it a few more days.
We decided to head out for a quick dinner. When we came back, there it was!
A beautiful brown-and-white striped moth had emerged, reborn. Fuzzy and fresh, it was a completely new creature. Bella was overjoyed to finally meet her little friend, and I was once again astounded at God’s faithfulness and perfect timing.
Death and Resurrection — A Part of Life
Death and resurrection are woven into the fabric of life — season to season, it’s all around us. In my experience, the most life-giving miracles often come when we think we’ve reached the very end; when it seems things can’t get any worse.
Through the longest winters, the toughest situations, the most painful nights, our cries go up to God, “How long?!” These moments of longing and desperation test and strengthen our faith for challenges to come — yes, there will be more.
Here are 3 things to remember when you’re waiting for a miracle:
1. Faith is a decision. It’s not a feeling, an instinct or a whim — it’s a decision you make, against all odds. Faith is choosing hope, choosing love, choosing to trust even when it doesn’t make sense. It’s choosing to believe that any struggle God allows into your life will be used for His glory as part of a perfect plan for your life.
2. God is good. His character never changes. He always answers prayers, but it’s rarely in the way you might expect or hope for. If you’re like me, you struggle to surrender your life to God — even though deep down you know you can’t do it alone, and that He would handle it much better than you.
Choose to believe this truth: God is good. Even when you don’t understand. And He will use all your circumstances for good. He loves you, He has your best interests at heart, and He will remain faithful. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
3. We don’t need to worry. If there’s one thing we know for sure about life — the journey toward resurrection is not easy. Caterpillar to moth. Dead tulip bulb to blossoming flower. Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension. Our own rebirth in Christ, inevitable death, and coming resurrection when we’re taken into His Kingdom. It’s a long road ahead! But God will clear the path so we can stand firm (Psalm 18:36). He proves faithful, time and again.
So why worry? Why lose heart? It’s a waste of energy.
After all, we know how the story ends. (Hint: God wins!)
“…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33 (NIV)
On the moth front, I’m not sure if God’s timing was impeccable, or if He literally brought a dead bug back to life to give my little girl a glimpse of His Kingdom. Either way, it was an invitation, a gentle reminder to trust Him.
Whatever you’re dealing with today, friends, no matter how big or small the issue you’re facing — He’s got this. You can trust Him. Invite Him into your mess. Stay and wait with Him. You won’t believe what He’s up to.
Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. — Psalm 27:14 (ESV)