Fear, Truth, & Caterpillars


This afternoon, while out on a lunch hour run, I began thinking about the one and only video blog I shared with you all about two years ago. I stepped outside my comfort zone and shared a bit of my personal journey in front of the computer screen instead of behind. I was a little nervous.

I’m not sure what prompted this video blog memory. Maybe it was the beautiful 80 degree spring day. Springtime tends to make me think of second chances. The beauty of rebirth can be seen all around us.

As I ran along, the idea of sharing this video once again crossed my mind. Then, of course, the battle started to play out in my head.

Fear: Is it really necessary to share it again? It was scary being vulnerable like that.

Truth: Yes, but it’s been two years and you do have some new readers…maybe some of those readers would benefit from hearing more about the journey. Maybe parts will resonate with them. Maybe it would offer those who are struggling a little encouragement and hope.

Fear: Yes, but…it’s full of flaws and I am not a great speaker.  This video reveals so much of that.

As this battle between fear and truth played out in my mind, I suddenly realized what song was playing in my ears as I was running up the road. It was that song again! The one that I heard here and here…and a few other places too.

Truth: “This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You would lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me”

As this truth washed over my fear, I noticed that up ahead of me on the road two ladies were stopped. They were looking at something in a tree. One of the ladies had her phone out and seemed to be taking a picture of the tree. When I approached them, my curiosity got the best of me.

“What are you looking at?” I asked.

“A huge caterpillar nest.  There are a ton in there!”

I stopped running and went over to take a closer look.

I started down the road again and smiled.

Caterpillars.  Caterpillars transform. They’re on a journey too, Lord. Today they crawl, but one day they’ll take off and fly.

If you’d like to watch a bit more of my journey, you can do that HERE

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