And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. – Joel 2:25-26 KJV
One of the books that I frequently read to my son is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To summarize, the catepillar eats a lot, gets a stomach ache, then becomes a beautiful butterfly.
Sometimes remembering our past eats us up. We dwell on past hurts and wrongs. When we recall the past, especially resentments and wrongs done to us, we can remind ourselves that God was teaching us something. I ask myself, “What did you learn from that and what would you do differently?”
When I frame the situation that way, it’s harder to stay mad about what happened in the past, because it has shaped who I am today. God wants to transform us into something beautiful. We look forward to that day. Amen.