A teacher asked a class of preschoolers, “What does a caterpillar change into?” One child quickly answered, “A raccoon!!”
The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is an amazing concept.The DNA stays the same, but all of the characteristics of the caterpillar change. What was one day one thing can now be a completely different entity.
With people, we often get frustrated when they do not change. We expect spouses to become more patient as they get older. They often don’t. We expect relatives to become more giving as they see your needs. They often don’t. We expect friends to get over their quirks, addictions and mental states. They often don’t.
There certainly are people who have heart changes and transform into creatures beyond what our imaginations could anticipate. Change is possible. Change is also hard. When a caterpillar goes inside the chrysalis or cocoon, it must digest itself to release enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. Once it has changed into a soupy mess, cells rapidly divide to form wings, antennae, legs, eyes and all the parts that make a butterfly so beautiful.
Change is something we really can’t predict in people. It is up to each individual to change according to its will. We all get to decide how much of a soupy mess we can handle in the name of change. We can hope to wait for a beautiful creature only to end up with a rabid raccoon.
- What is something you have tried to change about yourself in the past and never could?
- Have you witnessed an incredible change in a person in your life? How do you think they did that?
- What can you do to make a change in your life or for someone you care about?
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”