If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, you are likely familiar with the tomato hornworm. Ugly green brutes indeed; they can be as thick as your finger and 2-4 inches long. Who expects a bug that big? The first time you find one, it is a shocker. If you want any tomatoes, you will have to pick them off and destroy them. UGH, what an awful job!
Then I found out that tomato worms become beautiful sphinx moths. They are so big that on occasion they are mistaken for hummingbirds. They do have a purpose in life as pollinators and lunch for other critters.
Does this make me like tomato worms more…not really, but at least now I am willing to give them a chance at life…just not on my tomato plants.
Some people are like those worms. They are ugly in the extreme. They will eat you alive if given half a chance, but when they get to know Jesus as their personal savior, they change into something beautiful. This is how it happens.
They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us. With nothing between us and God; our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18, MSG)
Prayer- Father God, help us to see the coming good in others, just as someone once saw it in us. Amen.