I really don’t know how he got there, exactly.
While at work today, I went into a restroom located in a fairly large building, quite a ways from any exterior entrances.
I noticed a caterpillar on the gray tile floor.
Why would he venture from his home in the great outdoors to come into a place where he would surely die from lack of nourishment?
Crawling through a door or window into the out-of-this-world (his anyway) carpeted wonderland may have looked like a dream come true, but instead, that choice turned out to be one to regret.
Without water and green leaves to munch on, life was going to be drawing to a close.
The caterpillar was probably confused at his circumstances, all the while desperately searching for a way out.
It’s likely you know someone like this caterpillar.
For some reason, they have ventured from their good lifestyle into a place where they will surely suffer from lack of spiritual guidance, positive encouragement and the support of faithful friends.
It’s as if they crawled through a doorway into what looked great at the time–the hope of popularity, acceptance, and even love–only to find themselves involved in substance abuse, destructive habits and self-deprecation.
It’s a choice they have come to regret as confusion and hopelessness gain a tighter grip on their day to day existence.
Although they may try to hide it, they are desperately searching for a way out–a way back home where they can be at peace.
I knew what I had to do with the caterpillar today.
Getting a small tissue, I picked him up, bundled and safe, and took him outside.
There, I placed him in the grass where he could begin his “rescued” life out in the open.
That’s a great ending for the caterpillar, but what about people?
We can’t just pick them up and transport them to safety and prosperous living.
Only God can do that.
He can restore and heal.
He can lead the way back.
Back to the place where people can be at peace with God and with themselves.