Thursday, July 14, 2011


While visiting the Amazon jungle I saw many different flying insects. My favorites were the dragon flies. They came in many different colors and sizes and seemed to fly with purpose. Upon my return I found out another interesting aspect of their existence that made their lives seem even more interesting.

From the time a dragonfly egg hatches, it can live anywhere from six months to six years, but only about two months as an actual dragonfly. Most of their time is spent as a nymph in the water before the dragonfly’s metamorphosis into a full grown dragonfly.

It is interesting to me that a creature so beautiful, and perfectly designed to soar spends the bulk of its life wiggling through the watter doing its best to eat and avoid being eaten. After reading this fact I began to wonder what is required in my life for true transformation. Romans calls us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This verse instructs me to give my whole self, holding nothing back. It is my prayer today that God would grant me the faith to fully trust in him, holding nothing back so that I may experience transformation allowing him to soar in me.

Romans 12:1-2
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
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  1. I love your sketch and that it illustrates the verses so well.

  2. Love the picture & the truth. Having to do a lot of nymph-wriggling before being able to soar speaks to me :) Moses was in the desert 40 years before the burning bush. David had to hide in desert caves for years before becoming king. Jesus Himself wriggled for 30ish years before a brief, 3 year public ministry. And, of course, He had to die before being raised....

  3. Thank you Valerie and Teague


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