November 5, 2017

Trust the Process: 4 Examples

“And he said whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it?”
“It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the Earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the Earth.”
“But when it is sown, it groweth up and become greater than all the herbs, and shooteth up great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge in the shadows of it.”—Mark 4:30-32 (KJV)

Trials actually lead to growth. We must be figuratively planted, or buried, in order to grow. The mustard plant is hidden in the mustard seed. The huge sunflower was once a tiny seed. The rare butterfly was once a humble caterpillar. Every diamond began as a lump of coal. Let’s extend those examples:

Sunflower Seeds to Sunflowers

The mature plant will be anywhere from 2 to 12 feet tall. It starts with one tiny seed. The image above shows that a person can hold many seeds in their hands at a time.
Does the seed grow if we set it on the sunny window sill, or on top of the grass? Umm, no; it must be buried. If it is not planted, the true essence of the seed, the “sunflower-ness”, cannot break out.

Caterpillar to Butterfly

Caterpillars eat, and eat, and eat….. For about a year, all they do is eat, move slowly, and look cute (maybe). It sounds like a comfortable, but extremely monotonous, existence. If they could talk, they’d probably say, “Leave me alone! I’m good this way. I don’t want to stretch and hurt.”

Too bad. So sad. Humans know better. Cumbersome caterpillars are meant to become moths and butterflies; some of the most delicate, beautiful creatures on Earth. (Well, some of them are gorgeous.)

The caterpillar is only the first stage of life. He eventually creates a pupa, as pictured above. For two weeks, the animal is shut up in what appears to be a self-made prison.

It’s all part of the process. The caterpillar cannot become a wondrous flying creature without undergoing a tedious, painful transformation. Actually, physically breaking out of the cocoon is what gives the animal the strength necessary to fly. That’s a whole other story.

None of the stages can be skipped. The laws of nature must be followed.

Coal to Precision-cut Diamond

Pictured above are coal, a diamond in the rough, and a professionally-cut diamond. Does the coal resemble the beautiful diamond at all? Not in the least, but it has the capacity to become the diamond—in certain circumstances.

Let’s summarize the procedure: Tremendous heat and pressure changes coal that has been buried deep in the earth for millions of years. Diamonds, the most precious gemstone on earth, start to form.  That’s the beginning. A gemologist will then prepare the rough diamond to be used as jewelry.

My Conclusion

There is amazing potential in some of the most common elements, flora, and fauna of Earth. Nature can teach us valuable lessons, such as this:

The true beauty of the final product can only be unleashed through a painstaking process of metamorphosis (change).

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