Sep 11, 2018



By Pamela Deacon-Joyner, PCA Board Member


Yesterday while driving home through the country I kept noticing caterpillar nests in the trees; this can be good or bad depending on how you look at it and how you depend on that tree. When I was young my father would cut these nets out of trees and burn them for fear they would ruin the apple crop. Seeing this it brought about a word I have been feeling deep in my spirit for such a long time: transition and transformation.

God keeps impressing in me the process of physical change a caterpillar undergoes while becoming a butterfly. During this time, most of the caterpillar’s cells must die so that new types of cells can begin to be formed and it can be reborn as a butterfly. There comes a point during this change where it looks neither like a caterpillar nor a butterfly and, if we were to look at it without knowing what it was, we might not know what it has been nor what it is about to become. This is why sometimes in the process of transition/transformation people feel like they don’t know whether they are coming or going, where they fit in and they can’t see the end from the beginning…but be assured the Lord promises to never leave us nor forsake us.

A few years ago, one of the Living Stones congregants (an inmate at Washington Correction Center for men) offered a story. As a child, he caught a caterpillar and placed it in a jar with some grass and punched holes in the lid so it could breathe. He pretty much forgot about that jar and the tiny life inside until one day he and his friend were playing and they noticed a caterpillar. He ran home to get his jar to show his friend the caterpillar, but when he looked inside that caterpillar was gone and was replaced by a beautiful butterfly. It was now, while being transformed within a prison that he realized the meaning of transformation – the meaning of resurrection from the old self to the new spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!






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