Processionary caterpillars are called that because they follow each other in procession _ they blindly follow each other no matter where they are going. John Henry Fabre once conducted an experiment by taking a group of these tiny creatures and placing them in a circle. For 24 hours the caterpillars followed one another around and round. They were moving but they weren’t going anywhere. Next he placed them on a saucer full of pine needles, which just happens to be their favorite food. For six days they moved around the saucer, literally dying from starvation and exhaustion even though an abundance of food was located less than 2 inches away.
Here’s a question to ponder. Is your church a processionary church? Are you lined up following the latest church fad only to find yourselves going around and round but going nowhere? Are you doing what someone has called the definition of insanity by trying the same things over and over yet expecting different results?
Maybe you should try this instead: Try reaching out to God and follow His lead? For instance, we might have some great Bible studies but never do what it teaches. Now that is just plain silly. After the Bible study we must open our minds and hearts _ our eyes and ears _ ours hands and feet _ our time and talents _ even our wallets to God and the many opportunities that He has placed before us and then actually do something.
The Living Bible’s paraphrase of Ecclesiastes 11:4 reads: “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” Church, the time for action is now. The longer we take to follow God’s lead and act upon His Word, the more unclear it becomes and the less likely it is to get things that need to done actually done.
Jesus put it this way… “I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35, NLT) So church, if you are going to be a processionary church then make sure it’s God that is in the lead and then as a friend of mine says it, “Get after it gator!”