Butterflies have been a symbol of transformation and resurrection for Christians throughout history. Their unique lifecycle of metamorphosis-egg, caterpillar, pupa, adult-was seen as an allegory for life. The caterpillar symbolized life on earth with its cares and concerns, the pupa was the tomb and the butterfly’s emergence was a glorious picture of life after death in God’s presence.
Transformation and joy in God’s presence can also happen on earth when we are adopted into His family. Whenever I see a butterfly, I am reminded of God’s love in action, changing me to become more like Him.
Coming up this Easter and continuing through May, there will be an exhibit of my butterflies at Naperville Presbyterian church (943 Sanctuary Lane,Naperville, IL 60540)(www.npchurch.org). Peter and Marie Walker painted the words and helped hang the exhibit. I couldn’t have done it without them! Here’s a few closeups of some of the paintings which are all done in watercolor/gouache. Enjoy!