I took this picture in our front yard last summer - when Julie's butterfly bush was in full bloom. I think about the road a butterfly has to take to reach maturity - egg, caterpillar, pupa, adult - this reminds me that we don't become beautiful instantly. It takes a lifetime of growth and development for us to move toward the ideal God has for us. That is to be remade in the image of Christ, as Ecclesiastes 3:11 says; in His time He makes all things beautiful. So keep following, keep growing and be patient with yourself and others - growth takes time.
I am planning to share more of my photographic work and scriptural thoughts in this way. Your feedback or comments are always appreciated. Feel free to share the picture or this blog post with any one you care to.
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