With exquisite control and breath-taking grace, she moved in the darkness like a ballet dancer. Her wing tails crossed as if in a curtsey awaiting applause. The graceful moves of the luna moth were like frost settling on the flower petals of an early spring’s new garden or powdered sugar dusted on a French beignet. Sitting alone in the dark, and suddenly seeing the beautiful creature, can make one hold her breath.
Not too many weeks prior, as ugly larva, she had eaten her way around the plant that, for a short time, would become her home. Like a young lady, pregnant with the life within her, this interesting moth, heavy with her own mass, plodded her way up branch after branch until she found the perfect spot to attach her burdened body and spin a cocoon. Inside the darkness and seclusion of that shell, what had been the heavy mass, began to liquefy and become a soup of her own protein. Metamorphous was creating yet a different form. While she waited, there was no form, no beauty of what was to be.
Since just before the days that spring settled upon us, with hope of the new life bursting forth and the anticipation of summer, we were much like the larva of the luna moth. Then as our hearts and minds became filled with uncertainty and anxiety, we lumbered around, and like the luna began spending a time in isolation while we are being changed. Change is often very difficult and frequently helps us to face our own vulnerability. Surely, by now, we begin to wonder if God will ever remove this situation from us. Most of us have faced other times in our lives when we have wondered it any particular situation would be removed. Experiencing those times in my life, I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul faced as he pleaded with Yahweh to remove the difficulty. Like Paul, we sometimes hear “no”. I am indeed thankful to the Father that along with the “no” came “My grace is sufficient, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Unlike the luna, our bodies may not be changing into something more beautiful, but those things that matter, are making us into a more graceful, useful, beautiful servant of the Master. So, we don’t need to be filled with despair over our present circumstances, regardless of how uncertain or discouraging they may become, for our mighty God is walking with us through this valley. Even in the valley, refreshing rivers flow, the sun rises, flowers bloom, and the birds sing all while shadows seem to grow long. In the valley or isolation is often where we “Catch the Vision.” Let us proclaim with the Apostle Paul “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. . . . For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NIV). For here in this holy place, where we are most weak, we are made strong.