there’s the story of the caterpillar. Everyone knows this story right? Just in case you don’t, I’ll tell it.
There was a caterpillar, which crawled around the garden. He saw this beautiful bird perched on a branch and then fly away with her beautiful wings. One day the caterpillar said to the bird,
‘Would you be my friend?’ to which she said, ‘no, I cannot be your friend.
“You see, you are small and ugly and you crawl all over the place with too many legs, while I am big and beautiful and I can fly great distances. You eat too much and you always shed your skin. You and I have nothing in common. We cannot be friends.”
This left the caterpillar sad to the point of depression and he decided to hide himself. He stopped eating and soon made himself a shell which he stayed in, determined never to show his face again. How long he stayed there he never knew, but one day he simply realized he was ready to break out of this cocoon. In fact, he had no control over it. And so he nipped and chipped and struggled, until finally he broke free from his self-made shell. The problem was he could not recognize himself.
‘I am just a caterpillar,’ he said, ‘at least that’s what I remember. How is it that I now feel wings at my sides?’
He tried to take a few steps forward and found himself suddenly in the air. ‘Wow! I can fly too!!’ Suddenly, this once depressed, over-sized and multi-limbed caterpillar is now a beautiful butterfly.
“The problem was he could not recognize himself. “
And so beautiful bird sees a brightly colored butterfly and flies over to say,
‘Hey, could I be your friend?’ Butterfly answers,
‘You want to be my friend? You don’t remember me, do you? I once asked if you would be my friend and you told me we are too different. Look at me now.
’What caterpillar hadn’t realized was that the way he was at the time was simply part of his growing up process. It was natural for him to eat a lot as a caterpillar because he needed to store up energy for when he became a butterfly.
b utterflies don’t eat. They simply use the energy stored up when they were caterpillars. It was natural for him to have many tiny legs and to crawl all over. At the time he faced rejection and stopped eating, he was simply responding to the next stage of his development. You see, as a pupa (or chrysalis) he would stop eating and then stay in that shell for at least a few weeks.
Butterflies use the energy stored up when they were caterpillars
It may look like nothing’s going on but big changes are happening inside. Special cells that were in the caterpillar become the legs, wings and eyes of the adult butterfly.
When God made butterfly into an egg, He said it was very good. The egg did not know what God knew. It is the same with you. When God made you in your mother’s womb, He said you are very good (Genesis 1:31, Psalm 139:14). What’s more amazing is that God made you in His own image (Genesis 1: 26-27).
Do you need any more proof of how beautiful you are if you already know in whose image you were created?
“When God made butterfly into an egg, He said it was very good. HE SAW BEYOND THE PRESENT”
Would the Creator of all the beautiful things we see around us – flowers, birds, and everything else – not be beautiful Himself? If He is, and you are made in His image, it is then a matter of fact that you are also beautiful, isn’t it?
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The society and its need for conformity has fed so many girls, lies about themselves, telling them they are not beautiful because they are not a size zero. Well, ‘zero’ is not a size. Do you wonder how many of the models we see on the runways with their anorexia-shriveled bodies are actually happy and healthy?
q uite interesting that some of the best friends I have had…really happy, lovable and loving people…wouldn’t fit into a size 12 dress if their life depended on it. They are so beautiful inside and out. And if you are struggling with accepting yourself the way you are, you should only ask your family and friends what they think of you. It will amaze you that none will think about describing you based on how fat or thin you are. They will only think about the qualities that make you beautiful – your kindness and great sense of humor, your love for Jesus, your compassion for others and the fact that you wear your heart on your face (that’s a compliment by the way).
“REAL FRIENDS WILL DESCRIBE YOU BASED ON YOUR QUALITIES AND NOT ABOUT HOW FAT OR THIN YOU ARE “
awise person wrote: ‘Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.’ (Proverbs 31:30). Ask your father why he loves your mother. I am sure his answer will not be, ‘because she is a size 8’. It takes a wonderful person to see the wonder in another. Don’t allow people who do not deserve to have any say in your life determine how you see yourself.
You are beautiful the way God made you…fearfully and wonderfully.