John 1:12 – But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. (KJV)
One of my clients lives on an acreage a few miles out of town. They have beautiful trees and flowers all around their yard. Beside the deck stands a tall cedar tree, in which is found a perfectly round little nest. When I first saw it, there were two beautiful blue robin eggs in it. The next time I was there, the eggs had hatched, and in the nest were two naked little baby robins. For those eggs to hatch, the shells had to be broken. The babies had to do some hard work and peck their way out of the hard shells.
When I saw them, the baby robins were rather ugly, but someday they would be beautiful adult robins, with an orange breast if they were males. They would resemble their parents. The purpose of the robins' mating is to produce some more of their kind, to be just like them.
I would like to suggest that many times in our lives, we have to do some hard work and break that outer shell as well. The outer shell could be very beautiful like the blue robin eggs. But it has to be broken in order for the new to be seen. At first, that inner self could be ugly, just like the baby robins. As we grow spiritually, we will become more and more beautiful and become like Jesus. That is His purpose for us.
Prayer: Lord, the outer shell being broken can be very painful. Seeing the ugly part of us is painful as well. Help us to trust You, knowing that something beautiful will adorn us later. That something is You. Thank You. Amen.