What if God put butterflies on this world because we’re slow to comprehend the new life awaiting His children in heaven?
Maybe they are to show us a glimpse of how our bodies will one day be changed– from corruptible to incorruptible… from mortal to immortality.
Maybe as we look at caterpillars, we are to be reminded of how our lives are tethered to this earth– our vision is confined to the limits of what is immediately before us– our life is but a dim shadow of what we are meant to be.
And as we gaze at the transformed butterfly, we receive a glimpse of our souls as they will one day be… possessing a greater freedom, a more far-reaching vision, and new LIFE that is beyond what we can imagine.
“For we know the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together…waiting for… the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:22-23)
So when we see the bodies of our loved ones begin to wear out, we know that they will one day have a new, far better body.
And so when those dear to us go before us, we can look at the shell of their body and know that they are now possessing a life that we can only imagine.
And we can say,
“Death is swallowed up in victory. Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)