This is my favorite illustration to use at internments, probably because internments are usually outdoors and this is an outdoor illustration. So, it goes like this.
“Once upon a time, not long ago, a dragonfly laid her clutch of eggs on a branch on the bottom of a lake. Not to long after that, the eggs hatched and hundreds of little nymphs were happily crawling along the lake bed. They ate, they slept, and they eliminated food. And that’s all they did, but that’s all they knew, and so they were content. Except…. Every so often one of their number would inexplicably and without explanation climb up a lilly pad stem and never be seen again. This became the main topic of conversation among the nymphs. They discussed this endlessly – why their siblings climbed and what happened to them. Were they dead, in another world, or something else. Well, this led a small group of siblings who spent their days together to make a pledge to each other. The pledge was that if any of their group ever got the urge to climb they would tell the other group members about it and more importantly, if they were able, they would come back and tell the others where they had gone.
Sure enough, not long after this one of this group did indeed get the urge to climb, in middle of the night, and he found it so strong he couldn’t stop and wake up his pledge mates to tell them about it. And so he climbed – all night. By morning he was exhausted, but he had made it to the top of the stem and so he was able to flip over onto a lilly pad to rest his exhausted little body. And he slept all day and all night. During that time, his body split, so when he awoke the second morning he climbed out of his old exoskeleton and to his astonishment discovered not only that HE had changed – his body had elongated and strengthened and he had WINGS. But his environment had changed too. Instead of the bottom of a lake, where it was always cold and dark, he looked around and was stunned to see sky and clouds and hills with green trees and a lake with beautiful rythmic blue waves and so many other wonderful new sights he scarce could take it in. And so while he sat there marveling at his new life he decided to try his new wings, and sure enough he could not only fly but fly forward and backward, and fly at great speeds and great heights, so he could explore his new home more completely. And every new turn uncovered another amazing truth about his new home.
And so he was zipping around, trying to see as much as he could, when all the sudden he remembered his pledge to his group of siblings still on the bottom of the lake. He immediately dove to the water, but to his surprise he bounced right off. And so he flew a little higher and faster but again he bounced off. He tried all afternoon in many different ways to fly into he water and to the bottom of he pond so he could tell his siblings about this amazing place, but unfortunately finally realized it was impossible. As much as he wanted to tell them, he realized his siblings would just have to find out on their own.”
And so it is with our loved ones They are even now discovering new realities, new joys and excitement about their new home. So we don’t have to mourn for them, just look forward to when we, too, have the joy of joining them on life’s greatest adventure. Heaven.