While reading books to Ben, one of them has struck me as a really good metaphor for our lives with God. The Very Hungry Caterpillar starts off with the caterpillar being born on a Sunday. He's hungry and Monday eats 1 apple, Tuesday 2 pears, and so on until Saturday when he eats 1 of everything in sight. He ends up with a tummy ache. Sunday he eats one leaf and feels better. He gets into his cocoon and ends up a beautiful butterfly. What does this have to do with God? Everything I think. We are so much like that caterpillar. We are born and are hungry for something. We try a little of this and then a little more of that until we have 'eaten' everything in sight. We end up hurting and then we finally turn to the simple 'leaf' we have been missing all along. We turn to God and then we are satisfied. We get into our cocoon of faith, after some struggle, we come out as beautiful butterflies.
I could go on and on about how we are like the caterpillar in the cocoon, etc., etc. I won't because that isn't what drew my attention. I got to thinking about how the caterpillar behaved leading up to the cocoon. He was eating and eating and nothing satisfied him. He even went so far as to eat cake, pie, cheese, ice cream, and a few more things. Basically he tried some of everything. When he went overboard, he got a stomach ache. He ended up hurting because he tried to satisfy himself. When he ate just a simple leaf, that is natural for a caterpillar to eat, he was satisfied. We as humans try other things, sex, drugs, alcohol, gossip, material possessions,etc. None of those things satisfy us. When we go back to what is natural for us, a relationship with our Creator and Father, then we are satisfied and end up as butterflies.
This passage in Psalms sums it up pretty well I think.
Psalms 107: 8-9
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things