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Transformation Process

The caterpillars arrived in our Pre-K 3 classroom.  It was so exciting!  The children had fun looking at them and hearing a story about "The Crawly Caterpillar".

Each day the kids had the opportunity to observe.  Heidi and I reminded them that we see with our eyes and not our hands.

They watched the caterpillars.  They began to form a chrysalis and the children learned all about this process.  It seemed like nothing was happening.  But all of the action was going on inside. 

The old parts of the caterpillar were undergoing a transformation called metamorphosis.  The children even learned that very long word.  Once all of the changing was completed, the butterfly was ready to emerge.  The kids were very excited about this part.

It was a very special day when we were ready to release the butterflies.  They would finally be free!

But not all of the butterflies were so eager to leave.  They had become accustomed to their cage.

After a little nudging, several of them exited.  Two of the butterflies stayed close to Olivia.  She was trying to stay very still so she wouldn't hurt their wings or scare them.

Heidi finally coaxed them away and into the garden they went.

The next time we passed the garden the butterflies were all gone. Every now and then the children will excitedly tell us they saw a butterfly.  It was such a good learning experience for them.

Spiritual Application

As a Christian, our spiritual transformation is very similar.  Accepting Jesus into our hearts brings about a total transformation of who we are; just like the butterfly.  Our old self that was bound by sin and had no peace with God is gone.  Our new self that is redeemed, forgiven and at peace with God emerges.  

We are free in Christ!

However, like some of the butterflies many of us remain in the cage. We don't fully realize who we are in Christ.  We don't grasp the privileges of being a child of the Most High.  We don't allow Him to transform us fully.  Yes, we are saved but we need to surrender our lives to Him.

We are free in Christ.

We have new life in Christ.

Transformation will continue as long as we are on this side of heaven.  It is the work of the Holy Spirit. Our part is to cooperate and surrender.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

I am linking up with Charlotte for Spiritual Sundays.

Blessings and love,

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