During these bleak winter days, when the trees stand naked stripped of their once leafy branches and the world seems to be covered in snow, where once it was flowing in the bright emerald green of the grass, it can feel as if the world is dying a little.
You might look out your window and only see what isn’t there, but like a caterpillar, the world is in a cocoon, or a state of growth.
You can’t see the changes taking place beneath the soil and deep within the roots but change is happening every day.
And if we look closely, we can see the beauty in the blankness.
Without the leaves, our views change.
We can see further, beyond what is covered up in the warmer months when shade is needed.
The stark white of the snow against the dull grey of the sky seems to shine like a thousand tiny crystals, making the entire earth glow.
There is a wonderful simplicity during this season where things are shed and things are lightened.
It can be a simple reminder for us to unpack a few things ourselves, shed our own ‘leaves’ and lighten our own loads.
We too can find beauty in letting go of the parts of ourselves that no longer serve us.
I believe God created people and seasons with change in mind.
He wants us, just like he wants this earth, to constantly be growing and changing and becoming.
Just as the caterpillar blooms into a magnificent butterfly, full of grace and freedom and courage, so will you.
So will your world.