Many people find beetles and bugs somewhat creepy, but if here’s one beetle in the world that could turn you into a beetle lover it is the jewel scarab. Jewel scarabs live in the jungles of Honduras and have the shape of your regular Christmas beetle. But their colors are so dazzling and beautiful that they can sell for up to $500 a beetle. Beautiful flaming red, bright gold, silver that resemble bright, shiny chrome. Even the beetle hater finds jewel scarabs dazzling and beautiful! …

But the jewel scarab’s beauty doesn’t come automatically. Every scarab has modest, even ugly beginnings. The scarab starts life as a soft, mushy, grey-white grub growing inside a rotting tree stump. They spend their life like this for around a year, until finally, when the rainy season arrives, the adult scarabs emerge soft bodied and pale. Then within hours, their bodies harden and their splendid colors show. They only live for another three months, but what a glorious existence it is. Your start may be ‘faulty and ugly’ but I declare that you will have glorious end in Jesus name. You may not be desired now but I see a time come in your life when you become a mover and shaker in your domain. Maybe they have called you all sorts of names, that you are ‘good-for-nothing;’ that is a label that God has not placed on you; Heaven declares you are ‘Wonderfully and Fearfully made,’ meaning, you are a wonder to behold to the world and an instrument of fear and chaos to the Kingdom of hell. Living below this is not the will of God for your life. Just like the scarabs in our story, We may not feel terribly beautiful and attractive. In fact there may be parts of you that feel distinctly ugly – and I’m not talking just about your body, but about your spirit, your mind, your thought life, your character, your home. But it’s the work of the Spirit of God to make us beautiful. It may seem to take a lifetime, but as the Spirit works on us, we will emerge as beautiful, dazzling, shining creatures gloriously bearing the image of our Creator. I pray specially for you today that you will emerge from every grave you might have been buried and your glory will shine distinctly.