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Heroes In Gods House 7 Nature Proclaims Christ

Heroes In Gods House 6: Nature Proclaims Christ

Metamorphosis is the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.

Also, the process is defined as a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.  

Whenever I think of the word Metamorphosis, my mind and spirit goes to the great men and women of God. They started out normal and were birthed to do great and heroic things. That’s the beautiful thing about the word of God, how we can use it as a reference in our life. Observing nature, we can learn about spiritual things. We use in what to do, or how to do it, what not to do, and how they did it. They being willing or not willing, we would see this metamorphosis process in their life.

Joseph is the first to come to my mind, you know the story. He started out the most favored of Israel’s sons, with his coat of many colors. He had ten brother that were very jealous of him to the point of throwing him into a well to kill him. Then eventually sold him as a slave.

This would be the beginning of a first stage of the Metamorphosis process in his life. The God of Israel would allow his life to be planted as a seed in the earth, he entered into a very long dark cocoon season, later to be brought forth as a butterfly, a great hero and harvest to the world, saving a nation, and the then known world.   

The Story Of A Worm To A Butterfly

Here’s the process from the caterpillar to the butterfly.

The caterpillar’s, metamorphosis from a tree clinging, twelve-legged pest into the majestic flying butterfly is one of the most used metaphors to describe a 180 degree transformation.

It’s truly a fantastic mechanism developed by nature, yet while all may seem fantastic on the outside, this transformation looks pretty gruesome deep inside the chrysalis. In short, for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly it digests itself using enzymes triggered by hormones, before sleeping cells similar to stem cells grow into the body parts of the future butterfly. So you thought puberty was mean?

Our story begins with a hungry caterpillar who had just hatched out of an egg. Soon enough the little caterpillar, scientifically known as a larva, stuffs itself with leaves growing little by little. When they’ve outgrown their current skin, a hormone called ecdysone is released instructing the larva to moult.

After it moults about five times, the larva stops feeding, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. This process is driven by the same hormone, ecdysone, only this time in conjunction with another hormone – the juvenile hormone. Actually, it’s the lack of the juvenile hormone that triggers the metamorphosis mechanism.

The juvenile hormone acts like a delay for the metamorphosis throughout the whole larva stage. It works by blocking the genes in the imaginal discs – tiny disc-shaped bags of cells that kick into action when the caterpillar wraps itself in the chrysalis, eventually turning into an antenna, eye, wing or other butterfly bit.

As such, the juvenile hormone is essential to the caterpillar’s survival prior to metamorphosis. You see, once the larva reaches its final moult and begins its metamorphosis, strange things happen to its body. Cells in the larva’s muscles, gut and salivary glands are digested and act as spare parts for the soon-to-be butterfly. Each cell is programmed to self-destruct through the activation of enzymes called caspases.

The caspases tear through the cell’s proteins, releasing prime butterfly-making material. Were it not for the juvenile hormone, this could have happened at any time killing the caterpillar. Instead, nature (ultimately God) programmed the hormone to lower in levels at exactly the right moment, when metamorphosis is ripe. 

With less juvenile hormone around, instead of inducing a regular moult the ecdysone now drives the caterpillar to pupate. 

Once a caterpillar has disintegrated all of its tissues except for the imaginal discs, those discs use the protein-rich soup all around them to fuel the rapid cell division required to form the wings, antennae, legs, eyes, genitals and all the other features of an adult butterfly or moth.

The imaginal disc for a fruit fly’s wing, for example, might begin with only 50 cells and increase to more than 50,000 cells by the end of metamorphosis…

After reading this description of the scientific process and transformation to a butterfly. It is, also, a stunning display of God’s creation.

I know that you probably would like to thank me on this course of the worm into the butterfly. But this really explains the process that the Lord allows us to go through to achieve his great purpose in our life. You see, the Lord has purpose in this and the Holy Spirit is in charge. This is a likened to our Christ in the grave three days and nights, then He arose!

Joseph in the dungeon for all those years, then he came out second in charge to a nation under Pharaoh. Daniel in the Lion’s den came out with his life. His miracle proclaimed his God as God of the universe.

Jonah in the belly of a whale three days and nights prophetically proclaimed Jesus death, burial and resurrection, hundreds of years later. Noah in the boat 40 days and nights evoked the rainbow covenant from God. And we could go on…

The Seed Principle

The seed principle is the seed must be planted before there is a harvest. If the seed is not planted it abides alone. There always has to be a death before there is a resurrection. And the caterpillar, butterfly principle is an earthly example that we can learn from. Nature has always given us lessons, just like the principles of the Ant.

I know we’re not all there at the same time. But for those of you who are, this is for you. You may be going through a season of darkness or you feel like you are buried alive. First of all know that it’s just that, a season. Try not to panic, you’re just in a cocoon. You are molting, being transformed into a butterfly.

You will be no longer bound to one tree branch, foraging on green leaves, until you can’t move. The Lord is birthing you into a butterfly, so that you can go and pollinate. You can swore into the wild blue yonder in doing his great and perfect will. So be encouraged, the best is yet to come.

Stepping from darkness into the light,

Rev. Varn E Brown, Sr., Author

Forthcoming book: The Character of King David

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