Monday, October 10, 2005


The Dragonfly

Some of us worry about what may or may not lie beyond death. The word of God is clear but still we wonder. What if there is nothing? Let us not forget the natural orderliness of this world. The river becomes the ocean. The seed becomes the plant. The caterpillar becomes the butterfly. If we will but open our senses, there is an order being observed, purpose to be discovered and transformation to be experienced.

Professor, pastor and writer, Walter Dudley Cavert, expressed the idea with helpful insight.

In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their group came back after crawling up the stems of the lilies to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who was called to make the upward climb would return and tell what happened to him. Soon one of them felt the impulse to seek the surface; he rested himself on the top of a lily pad and went through a glorious transformation, which made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise. Flying back and forth over the pond, he peered down on his friends below. Then he realized that even if they could see him they would not recognize such a radiant creature as one of their number.

The fact that we cannot see our family or friends or communicate with them after the transformation, which we call death, is no proof that they cease to exist.

Ours is a creative God, the maker of heaven and earth and all that lives on it. This God who is the giver of life most assuredly has a creative destiny for us beyond death.
Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever.  Margaret Cho


globetrotter2u said...

Derek, I just wanted to thank you for sharing that incredibly profound insight! It actually brought tears to my eyes!
Although I often marvel at the fact that people who don't believe in God can still enjoy nature yet not see the creative goodness, intelligence and brilliance behind all that glorious beauty.
This was a perspective I had not thought of, but it makes perfect sense. And it came at the perfect time for one who has been contemplating her mortality more often than not.

deabvt said...

That`s a beautiful tale...Thanks, Derek!!

onemoretina said...

What a nice analogy.   Have to remember that one .... Tina

justaname4me2 said...

That was a wonderful story/perspective. I'll be lulling that around in my mind probably for the entire evening~