The Monarch Butterfly

Monarch’s are one of God’s wondrous creatures.

The Monarch butterfly living in North America migrates each year far South searching for warmer climates suitable for
wintering grounds.

Monarchs who make their home in Canada migrate as far as Southern California, while others who live in the U.S.
migrate to the Oyamel Fir Forests in central Mexico. They are greatly admired by nature lovers for their stunning colors and dainty wing-work.

Don’t be fooled, you might think that the Monarch is any body’s lunch. The eggs of a Monarch are laid on the
poisonous milkweed plant. Since this is their first meal, they are immune to its deadly potential, but the Monarch’s bright colors let other creatures know they are poisonous to possible predators.

God has given them extraordinary strength to make their yearly migration. Some Monarchs have been found resting
on oil rigs in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico!

Next time you see a Monarch, think about the strength and elegance God has captured in its fragile frame. The
metamorphosis process that all monarchs go through is truly amazing! It reminds me of the transformation that occurs in the life of someone who comes to a saving knowledge of Christ. When we become Christians, we are changed into a
new creature. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” And this word about the new man – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Just as the monarch undergoes an amazing re-birth, so we as fallen sinful mankind are transformed by Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. But we must remember this warning from the apostle Paul:

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

(Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 6:1)

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