Butterflies- this devotion was given by TLC-ELC director, Barb Wigstadt  prior to our CPR training.  It’s a beautiful reminder that all things can be made new {pictures taken by Barb Wigstadt}

We all know about butterflies, we have all probably taught the children about them many times.  But I want us to think just a minute about being a butterfly yourself.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation, old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”  2 Corinthians 5:17
At some point of your life, and maybe for you it was a large point of your life,  you were a caterpillar.  I’m sure you can tell yourself all the things that you didn’t like about yourself.  But that is what is so wonderful about being made new.  Through Christ you are not just another brand of caterpillar,  you are a brand new creation.

OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY – that is an incredible statement.  The old things in your life that you have been carrying around with you – the extra baggage, hurts, doubts, the way you have behaved towards others – they have passed away and

BEHOLD ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW – that is you, you are new in Christ.  This is an incredible statement too.  But, only if you grasp it yourself.
In doing some studying about butterflies I have learned a few things that I never knew before:
Butterflies need the sun

Butterflies can’t fly if their temperature is less than 86 degrees.  They can not produce heat on their own, so they need the sun to heat up their wings in order for them to move about.  They have strong muscles but they can’t fly without the sun to warm their bodies first.

When you see a butterfly just sitting on a branch, they are probably soaking up the sun so they can take off again.
Think about that in terms of your own life.  We really need the SON to warm us as well.  We have strong muscles, and all too often we try to do things ourselves, but when we rely on the LORD’s strength and guidance we can accomplish so much more. Take some time to sit on that branch and soak up His strength and warmth to help you through your day.

Butterflies can see ultraviolet light

Butterflies have the ability to see things that we cannot see.  They have the ability to see ultraviolet light which helps them find the nectar to drink.

We, as Christians, also have a special eyesight – that of faith.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Heb 11:1  (NKJV)
This is pretty awesome when you think about it. In the Amplifed Bible it is further explained:  “faith perceives as real,   fact what is not revealed to the senses.”

Those are special eyes to be looking at the world through,
let me read 2 other versions of this verse:

“… faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.”  The Message

“ Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.”  New Century Version

We need to use our special sight, our faith, to help us through the difficult times that hit us all, to give us strength, as the nectar gives strength to the butterfly.

Some butterflies can fly up to 2,000 miles in their lifetime

Think about these tiny creatures and their frail wings that can so easily be broken  – flying 2,000 miles.    They have an inner strength that you cannot see, but is there.

We have an inner strength – Christ Jesus – and we may be asked to “fly” great distances that seem unbelievable – we can do this through the strength that He has given us.

Many butterflies taste with their feet

I don’t know what that has to do with us – I just thought it was a fun fact to throw in there.

I want you to start this new year off as butterflies
– new creations in Christ.

With the strength to go far beyond what you think you can go because you are taking the time to gather that strength from your time with God.

Remember to hang on to that faith that has you sure of things you hope for and knowing that something is real, even if you do not see it.

But you can let the kids taste with their feet.