My Facebook page reminded me not too long ago of the day I found the strangest insect outside and had no idea what it was.
Perhaps you know what it is? Maybe you have no idea. I had no idea that day that I have always liked this ugly, horned-looking critter, only, in its final stage.
That’s right. This is only a stage for this crawling bug. Someday soon it will go through a remarkable change. The scientific name for it is Metamorphosis.
Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops…involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's body structure through cell growth and differentiation…which is often accompanied by a change of nutrition source or behavior. – Wikipedia
Remember in school learning about the butterfly?
Stage 1 was the larva.
Stage 2 the pupa spews threat to form a chrysalis.
Stage 3 the chrysalis is fully formed.
Stage 4 the adult butterfly comes out of the chrysalis.
Moths and butterflies are not the only ones to go through metamorphosis.
Frogs and toads go through what is called an incomplete metamorphosis with only three stages.
Dragonflies also go through an incomplete metamorphosis. Like frogs, dragonflies begin as exclusively aquatic creatures, looking very different from their adult forms.
Beatles go through a change. There are over 250,000 species of beetles with a vast array of size, shape and color but all experience a complete metamorphosis, hatching into larval grubs before growing into their adult form.
Mantids, more commonly known as Praying Mantis, undergo an incomplete change. Mantids lay eggs sacs called oothecae, instead of individual eggs.
Lobsters go through the change. They begin life as planktonic larvae near the ocean’s surface and go through several molts, growing larger after each. As the young lobsters grow, they eventually move to the deeper, darker areas of the ocean where they will remain for the rest of their lives. Lobsters, like several other animals, molt throughout much of their lives. Molting allows them to grow without hindrance, shedding their ‘old’ shells for newer, bigger ones.
Even cockroaches go through an incomplete metamorphosis. Like mantids, cockroaches emerge from oothecae. The females of several species carry their oothecae behind them.
Isn’t that amazing? For this process to repeat year after year, precisely the way it was done 100 years ago, a thousand years ago, precisely the way it was done at creation when God told each cell what to do.
I want to point out a word in the following article on Metamorphosis from Wikipedia.
“Many observations published in 2002, and supported in 2013 indicate that programmed cell death plays a considerable role during physiological processes…”
Can you guess the word?
It is the word: programmed.
Each step, of each metamorphosis, has been programmed by its Creator.
A Creator who put everything in motion for us with the words “Let there be…”
Oxford defines met·a·mor·pho·sis as
1. in an insect or amphibian, the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages:
2. a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means:
Jesus wants to create a metamorphosis in us. A change of our sinful nature into a completely different one, by His supernatural means.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
He wants us to become new creatures. He was us to shed the old skin and put on the new.
“that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV
Christ’s desire for us is to deny ungodliness and worldly desires.
We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Titus 2:12-13 The Message Bible