Feb 20, 2011

My forever reminder

I've been thinking about butterflies lately.

I've been thinking about the pupa stage in particular. This is when the caterpillar is in the chrysalis. From the outside it doesn't look like much is going on. But on the inside the caterpillar is being transformed into a butterfly.

Within the chrysalis the old - and let's face it, ugly - body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a wonderful transformation called ‘metamorphosis.’ The tissue, limbs and organs of a caterpillar are all changing, turning into the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly. By the time the pupa is finished, it emerges as something entirely different, entirely more beautiful, entirely more able to fly.

What joy that ground bound raggedy caterpillar must experience the first time it spreads it's wings!

This process that the caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly is much how I envision the process that I am in right now. I'm in the chrysalis right now, God is changing me into something entirely more beautiful - something He always intended for me to be. When the time is right - I'm going to emerge and spread my wings!

So that I never forget it, I got a tattoo to remind me. I guess I could have chosen a caterpillar or pupa to remind me, but I decided to go with a butterfly...


  1. Butterflies = Amazing. The picture of the stages illustrates the beauty through the whole process. Just want you to know, even in the chrysalis your color shimmers. Love reading your blog:)

  2. Thank you Amy. It means so much to me 1.) that you take the time to read what I write, and 2.) that you think my color shimmers, even in the chrysalis.

  3. I love your new "reminder" and the meaning behind it! Beautiful. Did you draw it?

  4. Thanks, Margo. No. I was going to draw one, but I decided that I'd rather let the tattoo artist do what he does best. He did draw it freehand, though, off of a picture that I brought in.


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