“This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.” – Psalm 118:24
Earlier this week, I visited the butterfly exhibit at the Fredrick Meijer Gardens with my wife and daughter. It was amazing. I was reminded once again how awesome Creation is. Seeing this cocoon, its colors and workmanship blew my mind, it is soooo beautiful. And to think…it is only temporary! In a short time, the caterpillar will be transformed into a magnificent butterfly.
I am reminded when seeing this cocoon that our life is so similar. How beautiful we all are just where we are. The tapestry of our lives is but one strand in the great work of Creation. Each of us adds our own color and texture to the whole. Many times it seems that our life makes no sense. But I know when we see God’s great plan from the other side of life, it will all make sense.
Henri Nouwen has this wonderful image as his daily reflection from yesterday, March 31, 2016 and I thought it fit well here:
“Travelling – seeing new sights, hearing new music, and meeting new people – is exciting and exhilarating. But when we have no home to return to where someone will ask us, “How was your trip?” we might be less eager to go. Travelling is joyful when we travel with the eyes and ears of those who love us, who want to see our slides and hear our stories.
This is what life is about. It is being sent on a trip by a loving God, who is waiting at home for our return and is eager to watch the slides we took and hear about the friends we made. When we travel with the eyes and ears of the God who sent us, we will see wonderful sights, hear wonderful sounds, meet wonderful people … and be happy to return home.”
As we continue through this Easter season may we learn to see with new eyes and hearts the beauty that surrounds us today.