Ben and I were shocked to discover that we are having a girl again! We are absolutely thrilled, but we were both convinced we were having a boy. Israel had been saying he was going to have another sister, but he only has a sister – so I just thought he was saying that because that’s all he knows. Turns out he was right.
I was looking hard up at the ultra sound screen looking for boy bits to appear and I was thinking to myself, “gee it’s really not very clear – I can’t see any boy bits”, but that’s because there were no boy bits to be seen!
We went home and told Israel the news and he was quite matter-a-fact about it, like he already knew he was having another sister. So then I said to him, we have to think of a name we want to give her. His first suggestion was Sophie – it’s a beautiful name of course, but I explained that he already has one sister named Sophie and that we should give a different name to his new sister. Then he suggested we name her Hermie.
I don’t think it will be going to the top of our list, but I loved the sentiment behind it. ‘Hermie – A Common Caterpillar’ is Israel’s favourite book at the moment. We read it to him at least once a day, but quite often many more times than that!
Max Lucado wrote the book and the message of the book is very powerful – ‘God loves you just the way you are, but He’s not finished with you yet’. Hermie is a common caterpillar trying to come to terms with why he is so common. He compares himself to other worms that have spots and stripes, when he is just plain green. He compares himself to the ant who is very strong, the snail who has a portable home and the lady bug who has beautiful jet black spots. He talks to God throughout the journey and God is constantly telling him not to worry that He isn’t finished with him yet. Finally Hermie comes to the point where he is grateful for the way he was made and then before he knows it, he is a beautiful butterfly with beautiful colours and spots and wings!
I love reading this book to Israel, knowing he is learning such a powerful lesson. It can be a life-long struggle to be comparing ourselves and not aware of the unique design and purposes God has for each one of us. I always hated my short, stumpy legs and they are certainly not one of my favourite features – but one day I realised I needed to be grateful for my legs. They are strong, made me quick and I’m sure a better gymnast when I was competing. I realised I was purpose-built for the life God had for me and for that I was grateful.
Of course, God’s purpose-built design is not limited to our physical bodies. He designed our personality traits, the gifts and talents we have – every part of us! The best part about it is He’s not finished with us yet! Our best days are still ahead of us!