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First Reader

Professor Rene Zimny

Second Reader

Professor Kelsey Looney

Third Reader

Dr. Jackson Carter


Few could naturally imagine how a lowly caterpillar can become a majestic butterfly. And yet, God uses the very parts that make up the humble insect to form and grow it into unequaled beauty. He works with what is available; the components are already present. My goal with this paper is to inspire you to think about what goes on inside that chrysalis from a perspective of God’s original purpose for humanity and how Jesus has renewed that original purpose. As you linger in these pages, try to imagine how God workshopped the butterfly and decided the transformation should come in a chrysalis using every part of a young insect. “All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.”[1]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Jn 1:3.



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