We’ve found a few mourning cloak caterpillars a few weeks ago that quickly pupated upon capture. We’ve been waiting and this morning one came out dramatically.
Such a memorable event might very well stay with them for a long time; thus, it is a good opportunity to teach them an important spiritual truth along with it. I told them that the butterfly isn’t anything like the caterpillar it used to be (Bethel was wondering whether the caterpillar were still in the chrysalis). God made a new animal out of that caterpillar. Our hearts are the same way. On our own, our hearts are selfish and proud. God must make new, pure hearts. That’s what happens when we become Christians.
We’ve been saying the Corinthians passage all morning. Hopefully we’ll have it memorized by the time daddy comes home tonight. And the Psalm 51 passage has a tune that I know, so we’ve sung that a couple of times. We might even be able to make a play or something out of the event.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthian 5:17).
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).
Already, I’ve pointed out to one child that the actions coming out of his heart showed he needed God to change his heart.
How about you? Has God given you any good opportunities to teach something memorable to your children lately?