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  • Writer's pictureJenny Lynn Keller

Food for Thought

Butterflies abound this time of year, and I’m always glad to see them in my garden. Imagine spending your entire adult life surrounded by flowers of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Sounds like paradise to me. But each butterfly is on more than a scenic garden tour. In human terms, it’s making a grocery store run to collect nectar instead of milk and bread like we do. Now here’s the amazing twist. Butterflies have four stages in their life cycle—egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and adult. In the infant stage, caterpillars munch on solid food (leaves). As adults, the butterflies we see during the warm months of the year, they feed on liquids like flower nectar because it easily flows into their feeding tube called a proboscis.

Yeah, just the opposite from humans. We start with milk and gradually switch to solid food. A similar transformation occurs when we seek a relationship with God. Hebrews 5:14 says, “Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.” Do we always make the best food choices? Nope, but practice and experience are great ways to learn.

What’s one of your favorite foods?


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