The other day I got back to our office from an appointment at work and discovered this big, green bug on my briefcase. I was understandably upset and quite dismayed it had decided to hitch a ride. Apparently, this is the time of year for these noisy cicada bugs to come out and play. Uggg…not a fan, especially not hitching a ride with me.
Thinking about the bug I realized that maybe me and Mr. Bug had a little more in common then I would like to believe. In what way could I possibly similar to a bug you ask? I believe it is because we both doing the same thing right now…we are becoming.
Of course, he is becoming a better bug. He is outgrowing his skin and coming out better than before. That’s what he’s been made to do and that is what he is doing.
What then am I becoming? I too am becoming better, just like I have been made to do. Maybe you can’t always see my progress like Mr. Bug’s, but I’m hoping sometimes you can. I admit that sometimes it’s a pretty slow process, and it can be said that sometimes my progress slides backwards a little bit, but hopefully it is mostly progress forward.
I know there are things each and every day that God is working on me with; growing me, changing me, making me shiny and new in His image. And like Mr. Bug, I will one day emerge from my old, yucky, brown “skin” and leave it behind. I will be new and bright and beautiful…and like Him!
Some days I think I can actually see it…just a little of the new me and less of the old me. Some days I think it will never, ever happen and all I can see is the same old me. And some days I seem to want to cling to the old me…sometimes it is so scary to change into something new. I wonder if Mr. Bug feels the same?
1 Corinthians 15 ~
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.