Metamorphosis is a Greek word meaning transformation or
Most people associate metamorphosis with the transformation of a
caterpillar into a butterfly. Eric Carle's children's book, The Hungry
Caterpillar, illustrates this in great colorful detail.
Tips for parents: If you want to see some creative ways to use The Very
Hungry Caterpillar to teach your kids about transformation, visit
The process is as follows:
- The caterpillar starts its life out as an egg.
- Then it becomes a caterpillar.
- As a caterpillar its job is to eat and eat AND eat some more until it
bursts out of its skin.
- When it is mature, it stops eating and starts spinning a silken pad, called a chrysalis, all
- Then it rests. During this special period of rest, dormant(sleeping) cells now
become energized and turn into the wings, legs, eyes, and other parts of the
- It stays in this chrysalis for a long time. Some varieties stay
inside for a whole year!
- When God determines that it is ready, the former caterpillar slowly bursts out of its silken pad and is now a
butterfly. It no longer has to crawl, it can now fly!
God uses nature to teach us spiritual lessons. I believe that the
metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is one example of this. As
human beings, we are meant to grow: physically, mentally, emotionally and
spiritually. I have separated this website into 3 primary sections:
Foundation, Journey, and Worship. Likewise, I have defined three phases of
- Feeding Stage: Where we "take in" and "feed on" the scriptures, focusing
on learning about God through Jesus. This is when our foundation is built.
- Resting Stage: Where we digest what we have learned, meditate on God's
character, stop to listen for His voice and start to trust Him and praise
Him. This is where we learn what worship is.
- Activity Stage: After being fed, and after resting in God's presence, we
will be empowered with a new perspective on life and will desire from deep
within to make a difference in our world. We will fly and God will be
the wind beneath our wings. This stage can be compared to the journey
of a faithful Christian. Our characters and personalities will be
molded through hardship during this time. We will learn to "exercise"
our faith during these times and our "faith muscle" will become stronger and
stronger. If we had no struggles to overcome, our faith muscle
would be flabby!
This is God's plan for us. In Romans 8:29 it says that we are
to be "conformed to the image of His son." To become like Christ is our ultimate goal!
We will take our spiritual development with us when we leave our physical bodies
and move on into the timeless spiritual realm. Our development is very very
important. That's why God won't always intercede to make life easy for us.
However, unlike the butterfly, I believe that we experience the different
phases over and over again throughout our Christian walk.
I have some other scriptures for you to look up and study if this topic
interests you. There is an online Bible on this page at the bottom.
- Transformation of
a person who has surrendered their life to Christ: 2 Co 3:18, 2 Co 4:16,
Php 3:21, Ro 12:2
- Transfiguration Mt 17:2, Mk 9:2
- Change; 1 Co 15:5
- Root Transformation: Ezekiel 36:26-27,
says, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will
remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will
put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.