It was a chrysalis; a pod that holds a baby butterfly. I looked up in the tree above.
“You fell didn’t you? How can I get you back?” There was no answer, no help.
I carried the chrysalis to my cave and put it in a very safe place. “What should I do with you? Should I bury you? I can’t.”
For 3 days Judah paced and mumbled in his cave. He couldn’t eat because he was sad about the small creature who had died.
Then on day 3, he heard a tiny voice. “Hello.” Is anyone there?”
“Hello” I saw the pod changing colour and I was afraid. “How can I help?” I said rather loudly.
“I must be hanging from something or I cannot come out the right way.”
I looked around in my cave. Then I grabbed the stub where the chrysalis had been attached to the tree. I let it hang down between my teeth. “Okay.”
I spent many hours as my wings little by little came out of the pod. When my eyes popped open, I saw something large and sharp. “What are those?” I tried to sound calm.
“What do you use them for?”
“Like small creatures?”
“I eat many things.”
“Um, Mr Lion can you put me back where I came from.”
“The tree was too high. I can’t do it.”
I was too tired to argue. Maybe he would give me time to fly away. It was not easy, but I kept unfolding and drying my wet wings. I finally climbed on his big nose. I waved a wing at his eyes. “Hello, I’m Bethany. Can we be friends?”
“Oh yes. You are so beautiful. I would like to be friends very much.”
“Do lions eat their friends?”
“My God my God why have You forsaken me?” Mark 15:34
Many of us feel forsaken during these days of CoVid 19. God has not closed His eyes to our suffering. He’s right there.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins. His heart broke because our sins separated Him from the love of God (for those 3 days.) Why would he do that? Because He loved us and wanted to free us. Judah the lion didn’t save the cocoon to then eat the butterfly. Jesus didn’t die for ours sins to then condemn us to eternal hell.
No one expected that in three days he would rise from the dead. He is very much alive and we can be redeemed because sin has no hold on us in Christ. Just like Bethany the beautiful butterfly was reborn so can we be reborn in Jesus.
“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.” Matthew 28:6
So rejoice- Easter is the promise that death could not hold Jesus. It cannot hold us either.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, (nor CoVid19) neither angels nor demons,[b]neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8:38 & 39
Be suspended in the rays of Easter’s hope. Be loved by the one who died on the cross for YOU!!!