In worship services I’ve led this month, I have focused on the theme of acceptance of life changes and how they can be a vehicle for transformation. Some changes we love and welcome, like getting married, a better job etc., and others we struggle with greatly, such as the breakup of a relationship, death of a parent, etc. And sometimes, we’re not sure what is happening or where we are going, but we just know something is changing and, rather than resist, we embrace it. That’s not so common with humans, but is totally normal in nature.
So here’s a story I’ve shared with children at the worship services. It is written and illustrated by Matthew Schildkret.
It’s the story of Micah, the caterpillar, who, as all caterpillars do, spent his time eating day and night. But one morning, Micah’s eyes drifted away from leaves onto the distant mountains, and all Micah could do was imagine what was beyond this tree. Micah felt a change inside for the first time, and then decided to leave the safe, comfortable tree and explore this feeling inside.