With all my children in school, and now that we finished the moving process, I finally have some time to go back to my passion — oil painting.
I have several old paintings that I did years ago. When I look at them now, I felt something was lacking… how could I make those paintings more relevant to my life now?
Then I thought of butterflies.
My kids and I raised Monarch butterflies last year. It’s a beautiful experience — seeing how those clumsy and squirmy tiny caterpillars turn into magnificent butterflies is the equivalence of witnessing little miracles taking place right in front of our eyes.
So why not add some butterflies to my paintings?
Besides adding more visual interest, it will also signify my own spiritual transformation during these past ten years.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says,” Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.”
When I look back on my life ten years ago, I can barely recognize myself.
I was a lost soul that, like most people in this world, was just trying to make it through day-to-day life. Until God put me into a situation where the gospel was preached to me.
Sure, it didn’t happen overnight. My spiritual transformation has been a slow process. But just like the metamorphosis inside the butterflies’ chrysalis, God changed me little by little right from my innermost core.
Now I have hope. I have a clearer mind and more discerning eyes to see this world. It is a messed-up world to begin with. And it’s not helping that we have a pandemic that changed everything and everyone’s life.
But the Bible has already told us everything we should expect from this world:
“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun. “(Ecclesiastes 1:9)
It truly is. There is nothing in this world God hasn’t already known. He is the Alfa and Omega. Our God knows, cares, and plans. Yes, even pandemics.
May we trust in Him, and we will always have renewed joy in our hearts.
I surrender my fruitless efforts of trying to control what’s happening around me into your mighty hands. I will stop questioning why You allow bad things to happen. I trust that you have a bigger plan, a plan for our good and not to harm us, a plan for our life and eternal peace. Please keep transforming my heart to your liking.
In Jesus’s name