We have seen it with our own eyes:
Would you believe me if I told you there was a species of butterfly called “Anna’s eighty-eight” that looks like it has a graffiti sprawl of that number on its wings? The first time I saw a photograph of one, I thought I was looking at something photoshopped. But not so. This unusual species is real, and can be found in the wet tropical forests of Central America.
The Smithsonian Institute estimates that there are about 17,500 species of butterflies in the world. They range widely in colour and shape, but all share characteristics that fascinate us.
Hinting at a larger mystery
I think we love butterflies in the same way that we love other creatures that are beautiful. We admire their colours and patterns. We imagine what it would be like to fly and flutter as they do. But there is something more about butterflies – there is the miracle of transformation that they embody. The transformation of a glorified worm into a butterfly is one of the phenomena in nature that it would be hard to believe if examples of its veracity were not all around us. It makes it a little easier to understand the promise of the resurrection body:
“But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’ …What you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel… But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body… There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another… Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed…” (1 Corinthians 15: 35-51 ESV)
Below is my pinterest board for Butterflies. If you hover and scroll, you’ll find many beautiful images of these creatures.