Paul said to the Philippians: “It doesn’t bother me to write the same things to you that I have written before. In fact, it is for your own good.” Accordingly I shall take a small detour to review what we have discovered.

 

The impact of EASTER is Energy.

The impact of EASTER is Attitude.

The impact of EASTER is Success!

Previously I’ve employed fish, flowers and birds. You may think my elevator doesn’t go to the top floor (perhaps it doesn’t). However, please consider these words: “Consider the ant, you lazy bum. Watch its ways, and become wise(Proverbs). Examining ants can produce wisdom according to Solomon, said to be the wisest person that ever lived. 

Today, I’m focusing on a creepy (pardon the pun) creature: the caterpillar. STOP! Don’t turn away before carefully examining the incredible coloration and intricate design of these exhibits in the  Creator’s dazzling theatre. One thing that interest me is that at  74 I don’t have the motor coordination with two legs that I once had. Yet, most caterpillars navigate with 16 legs! Go figure!

>    I ASK TWO SIMPLE BUT PROFOUND QUESTIONS!    <

Do caterpillars bear the “image of God” (Genesis 1:27-28)?

Are they “God-like“?

Do they possess “personhood“?

Preposterous questions” you say. I assure you, they are not. Consider New Age pantheism. It’s a worldview that believes all things are divine, or a part of god: people, rocks, trees, stars, etc. Walt Whitman, the poet, was a pantheist.

Paul captures the Biblical perspective: “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus...” (Ephesians 2:10)  Note the word ‘workmanship‘! The Greek possesses the ‘flavor’ of a “work of art“, thus, “a masterpiece.

Hence, Michelangelo’s fresco, the creation of Adam, in the Sistine Chapel! With fingertips touching (the densest area of nerve receptors in the whole body is the fingertips) the personal Creator releases Adam into human personhood.


So, here’s my conclusion (in questions which I also address to myself).”

1) Do you consider yourself a masterpiece of the Creator Father?

2) Do you believe that you are a work of art, unique as the Mona Lisa?

3) Did Father create you at least as beautiful as a caterpillar?

4) Caterpillars crawl. You are meant to fly! (Isaiah). Are you crawling or flying?

5) Are you as much a demonstration of the Father’s glory as caterpillars? (I don’t mean to be demeaning; but I know how many feel / believe about ourselves).

I end with a poem by Steven Curtis Chapman that I’m gradually embracing. What about YOU?.

Never has there been and never again
Will there be another you
Fashioned by God’s hand
And perfectly planned
To be just who you are
And what He’s been creating
Since the first beat of your heart
Is a living breathing priceless work of art

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God

Just look at you
You’re a wonder in the making
And God’s not through, no
In fact, He’s just getting started…

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God