Why DOES the Caterpillar Build a Cocoon?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I was on Pinterest the other day, and I stumbled across a pin that my little sister had "pinned". I'm sure you all have seen them... those "teenager posts"?? They are random thought's that teenagers supposedly think. There's not much to them, but I think most of us can agree they are generally pretty accurate. 

This is the Pin:
"I wonder if caterpillars know they're gonna fly some day or they just start building a cocoon and are like 'why am I doing this'."


Now, I'm not exactly sure why THIS pin was a "Teenager Post", but when I text my sister about it, she proceeded to put a laughing hysterically smilie face, so apparently she thought it was pretty funny.

I repinned the pin under my "for my blog" board, and moved on.

I kept thinking about it over and over and over, and not in so much of a humorous way, but with more of a life principle perspective kinda way. In my mind, this simple, none illustrated pin, kept making me think of a random biblical character... Noah. 

I just couldn't shake his story out of my head all day. I wasn't sure how it applied to anything going on in my life, or IF it even did at all, but I kept imagining him building that huge Ole ark after God told him to, and can't help but think there had to be times that he thought to himself  
"what the heck am I doing!?". I doubt if he even fully understood the magnitude of what he was doing, or how his actions would truly change the fate of the world, but he just did it.

Fast Forward and I'm pulling into my driveway after work yesterday. I had JUST finished going to the grocery store, Ryan had been home all day, and I am huge and fat and pregnant and I had myself a small pity party when I went and had to pull up both the trash and recycling cans from the end of the driveway when he could have done it (mind you, Ryan did take the trash down there, but not the recycling because he just picks and chooses when he thinks he should put that out?? I don't know, don't ask. So I had already delt with that this morning). 

As I was putting the cans up, all sweaty and gross, and annoyed... the stupid caterpillar crept into my head again! He just starts building a cocoon. The outcome may or may not be clear, but he builds and just wonders silently to himself, with no affirmation, "why am I doing this".... and keeps building. 

I'm bad about wanting to stop construction on my "COCOON" and say: 
"if no one is going to help or appreciate, I'm not doing it anymore!". 

Guilt stricken by my pity party, I rushed in, did my daily home-from-work routine and quickly flipped to Noah's story in the Bible while I browned some hamburger meat for dinner 
**See True Cocoon Building at it's finest**


"Now the Earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with Violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood;make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of thew ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark-you and your sons and your wife and your son's wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of birth, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them. NOAH DID EVERYTHING JUST AS GOD COMMANDED HIM."
Genesis 6:11-22 (NIV)

Woah Woah Woah!!! Your telling me, those were his only instructions and Noah just "did everything just as God commanded him"?? 

He didn't ask "why me"? 
He didn't question "then what"?
He didn't argue "but how"?
He just DID?

So NATURALLY being the human I am, I wanted to read another version. MAYBE in another biblical translation, Noah wasn't quite so agreeable. 

"Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he."

Genesis 6: 22 (KJV)


Well that pretty much sums it up right there. Noah built his Cocoon, not fully knowing he would fly... just wondering I'm sure "why am I doing this".

I was going to end my thoughts on this topic there: until on my drive to work this morning God prodded at my heart a little more.

I started to think about his son Jesus, and his mission assigned to him by God. It was quite the OPPOSITE of the Caterpillar. He knew exactly what his fate was as a human. He knew his "Why" if you will, and it wasn't going to be an easy metamorphosis. But he STILL built. He had the knowledge, and still didn't argue, he didn't fight the process. He asks if it be his will to "pass the cup" that he do so, but if it's not his father's will, then so be it. He would do as he was created to do. 

"He said to them, 'The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise."

Mark 9:30 (NIV)

I'm sooo guilty of questioning God's ways and not just doing what's commanded of me. I'm also sooo guilty of shying away from his plans when I do know the WHY behind it. I think we all are. 
Strewn across the entire Bible are story after story after story of people who changed the course after doing things they didn't understanding or didn't like. They just built: Mary is another great example of that!

My goal this month (with it being the 1st and all, which is always a great time to set some new goals we usually forget by the 15th) is to really practice acting without so much questioning and/or resistance. From small things like trash cans to big things that I'm called to do. After all, because I know the Lord, I KNOW the end of the story. I KNOW I do fly. I'm okay with wondering "why am I doing this", as long as I keep "doing this" and reminding myself of the answer to my own questions.

1 comment:

  1. Love this paragraph, love it: "My goal this month (with it being the 1st and all, which is always a great time to set some new goals we usually forget by the 15th) is to really practice acting without so much questioning and/or resistance. From small things like trash cans to big things that I'm called to do. After all, because I know the Lord, I KNOW the end of the story. I KNOW I do fly. I'm okay with wondering "why am I doing this", as long as I keep "doing this" and reminding myself of the answer to my own questions."

    I want to do the same,do what I know to do without resistance. Thanks for the reminder. I will be back to see how and what you are doing and as a way to remind myself of this journey.

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