The day after I posted about the Westmoreland Fair, my mom found a monarch caterpillar on milkweed and brought it home for me. It felt symbolic and like a special gift from God, and I excitedly put the caterpillar in our butterfly pavilion.
The next day the caterpillar climbed to the top of the pavilion and hung upside down in a J shape.
It stayed in that position for a little over a day, and then it shed its skin and became a chrysalis.
After 10 days of being in the chrysalis, the butterfly emerged on Sunday, and we released it yesterday.
The process was amazing to watch, and I trust that just as God transformed the caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, He is also transforming me into His image.
"The purpose of adversity is often illustrated by a caterpillar struggling to break out of its [chrysalis] into a beautiful butterfly. Watching such a struggle, we may want to help the butterfly by snipping open the [chrysalis]. But the struggle to emerge is necessary for developing the muscle system and pushing the body fluids into the wings to expand them. And it is trials of various kinds that produce the fruit of Christlike character." ~ Jerry Bridges