A little background about the egg phase of the butterfly cycle:
Some species of butterflies lay eggs one at a time, while others lay eggs in clusters or by the hundreds. The size of a butterfly egg varies from 1 mm to 3 mm, about the diameter (more or less) of the head of a pin. The eggs can be oval or round, and are green, white, or yellow in colour. Butterfly eggs usually attach to plants, most typically on the underside of a leaf, to keep it warm, moist, and out of the eyesight of predators. Nonetheless, very few of the eggs will mature to butterfly adulthood.  
Although butterfly eggs may all look quite similar, each one is unique: not only as an individual creature, but also because of the environment in which it was laid. Some butterfly eggs have no hope of survival; others are laid under perfect conditions; most are somewhere in between.
The yolk inside the butterfly egg serves as nourishment for the developing larvae.  The colour of the egg’s shell changes as the caterpillar is about to emerge, and if you look closely, you can see it squirming about. When the caterpillar comes out, it typically eats its own eggshell as a first meal.
There are a few treasures I would like you to take from the above:
  1. Like all God’s creatures, you are uniquely and fearfully and wonderfully made (see Psalm 139:14).
  2. Both your circumstances and your response to your circumstances can impact your life journey.
  3. Your faith life provides foundational nourishment for wherever God takes you.
  4. God has a purpose and a plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). It may be different from what you expect or are striving for.
  5. When you come to a place in your life when it is time to break out of your egg on your journey to becoming “Butterfly’d”, it is prudent to make the most of the resources at hand, as a first step in the cycle.
Which leads me to the photo below.

This stamp set from Tim Holtz/Sizzix caught my eye, not only because of the beautiful butterfly image, but also because of the accompanying sentiment:
“Out of limitations comes creativity.”
I have been in many circumstances where there have been external or even internal limitations to my journey. When it comes to creating, having fewer resources at my fingertips has often led me to creating with greater imagination, depth, impact, and abundance.
If you are just starting out on your creative journey, whether as a musician, writer, illustrator, or artist, don’t give in to the societal tendency to go out and buy a lot of resources.
Start first with what you hav
e. Start with your eggshell. And the time will come for the next step.


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